Ed Sheeran Is Bad at Thinking Out Loud, Calls Nicki Minaj’s Body Image Argument ‘Redundant’

Somehow, Ed Sheeran isn’t really good at thinking out loud at all.

He tried to stand up for his bestie Taylor Swift and emerged from the shadows presumably calling Nicki Minaj’s race and/or body image argument “redundant.” He’s since backtracked on his comments.

While backstage at a concert in Dublin, Sheeran was asked by the Daily Telegraph whether he thought Swift misinterpreted Minaj’s comments on Twitter or not. A loyal member of her wolf pack, Sheeran stood up for Swift and replied: “I think everyone knows that Taylor has done nothing wrong in that situation.”

“She didn’t nominate herself for the awards,” he explained, and “It’s not her fault,” he added. “She just made some good videos and people think they’re good,” he maintains.

Then he shared his thoughts on Minaj’s argument, saying “I think the Minaj point is a bit redundant, her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a Video of the Year nomination, but Beyonce’s ‘7/11′ is in there, and that is celebrating the female figure in every form.”

In actuality, Minaj’s message was “Nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn’t credit black women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others,” as she said in her own words on Instagram yesterday.

Upon having his comments published by Buzzfeed UK, Sheeran seemed to backtrack a little and further explained what he meant about race and the female form.

As the second most nominated artist at the MTV VMAs this year (behind Swift, and one ahead of Beyoncé), Sheeran is also nominated for Video of the Year with “Thinking Out Loud,” joining Swift feat feat. Kendrick Lamar for “Bad Blood,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars for “Uptown Funk,” Kendrick Lamar for “Alright,” and Beyoncé for “7/11,” as previously mentioned.

Earlier, Sheeran and Mars poked fun at Swift and Minaj’s “Twitter beef.” And while Sheeran stands in Swift’s corner, Katy Perry stands in Minaj’s, commenting on Twitter, “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…”

See all the nominations from the MTV VMAs here. This years show, hosted by Miley Cyrus, airs on Sunday, August 30, at 9:00 pm EST.