Nicki Minaj Calls Out Miley Cyrus for Cultural Appropriation, Says Meek Mill and Drake’s Feud Is ‘Ridiculous’
In her latest interview with the New York Times Magazine, the “Anaconda” rapper called out Cyrus yet again and accused the former Disney Channel star of cultural appropriation. According to Minaj, she decided to drop the now-iconic “What’s good, Miley?” line at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards not because she wanted to incite more drama, but because she felt Cyrus still didn’t get the point she was trying to make.”
“I saw [Cyrus] just looking at me, with her face screwed up, and I thought, What the!” Minaj told the publication.
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?” she continued, addressing Cyrus. “Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
Cyrus previously received backlash for piggybacking off black culture. The Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg most famously made a video shedding light on cultural appropriation in the industry, notably highlighting that Cyrus “uses black women as props” in her “We Can’t Stop” music video.
Minaj quipped in her profile, “Back in the day, in hip-hop, the thick girl was glorified. Now the rappers are dating skinny white women. So it’s almost like, ‘Wait a minute, who’s going to tell the thick black girls that they’re sexy and fly, too?'”
Though the reporter noted that “the episode [with Cyrus] was still bothering Minaj,” the 32-year-old seemed less concerned about her boyfriend Meek Mill’s own feud with her labelmate, Drake, during the interview.
“They’re men, grown-ass men,” she said. ‘‘It’s between them.”
“I hate it,” she continued, when asked about how she felt seeing her boyfriend and best friend publicly fighting. “It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
Minaj added she resents the accusation that she’s somehow profiting off Mill and Drake’s feud. When the female reporter of the piece suggested that Minaj may “thrive” off the drama, the emcee let her have it.
“Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?” Minaj asked, before cutting the interview short altogether. “To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”