Miley Cyrus Takes Several Shots At Nicki Minaj In ‘New York Times’ Interview About The VMAs
Miley Cyrus resides in a no-fucks zone, so it’s hardly surprising that she told The New York Times exactly how she feels about the MTV VMAs. She casually shrugged off her controversial 2013 performance (“it wasn’t shocking at all”), called out Robin Thicke for passing the buck (“he wanted me as naked as possible”) and then took several shots at Nicki Minaj for venting her disappointment at “Anaconda” missing out on a Video Of The Year nomination.
“She was saying that everyone was white and blonde that got nominated, I heard? And then Taylor Swift butted in,” was the 22-year-old’s summation of events. “I didn’t follow it. You know what I always say? Not that this is jealousy, but jealousy does the opposite of what you want it to — that’s a yoga mantra,” Miley continued cryptically. “People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way.”
“If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.” But what about the larger issue of racial inequality in the music industry? “If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that,” the “Wrecking Ball” diva admits. “But don’t make it just about yourself.”
Interestingly, Azealia Banks accused Nicki of doing exactly the same thing on Twitter earlier this month. “She only started speaking out when it effected her,” the Broke With Expensive Taste rapper tweeted. “And she always pulls a pussy move and says ‘that’s not what I meant’ trying to save face with white audiences when she gets caught.” However, Miley took it a step further with her next statement.
“What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite,” she said. “I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war… I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose.”
Needless to say, sparks are going to fly on Sunday night! Miley is hosting the 2015 MTV VMAs. Nicki is opening the show with a rumored performance of new single “Trini Dem Girls.” Read the full interview here.