Miley Cyrus doesn't like "pop star against pop star" wars, but she may have just started one herself.
In an interview with the New York Times about her MTV Video Music Awards hosting gig this Sunday, the "Wrecking Ball" singer weighs in on the Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj drama from earlier this summer — and firmly declares herself Team Swift.
Last month, Nicki Minaj complained on social media about the lack of a Video of the Year nomination for "Anaconda," calling it another example of the media neglecting the contributions of black women artists. When Taylor Swift interpreted Minaj's comments as a personal attack, the 1989 singer's response was widely considered to be a tone-deaf distraction from the larger point Minaj was trying to make about popular culture.
Swift later apologized to Minaj and admitted to being in the wrong, but Cyrus doesn't see it that way. In fact, she believes the opposite and pretty much tells the Times that Nicki Minaj is not a nice person:
…And it’s not anger like, “Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.”
You [Nicki Minaj] made it about you. Not to sound like a b***h, but that’s like, “Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.”
But she was ——
If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: “This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.”
I think she did say that ——
What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. 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. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about. Now you’ve just given E! News “Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.”
Cyrus may have just given them something else, too.