‘I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it’
It’s been the Year Of The Diss. Now Is (clears throat) Our Winter Of Diss Content. Remember Nicki Minaj’s reaction to being snubbed for a VMA? She was unhappy that both "Anaconda" and "Feelin’ Myself" were left out of the Best Music Video, and perhaps rightly so. Taylor Swift stormed in, said her piece and then left sheepishly. The world moved on to feed on other fallouts, your Drake v Meeks, your Zayn v Calvins. But Miley Cyrus has dragged this diss straight back out of the bottom drawer.
In an interview with the New York Times, Cyrus explains that she disapproves of the way Minaj handled the situation and encourages her to "come at things with love". "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," says Cyrus. "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."
In my humble opinion, it’s hard to really tell if someone is angry on Twitter, a result of the restrictive, anti-nuance nature of the platform. When Minaj was tweeting about her VMAs snub, many defended her right to speak out and disapproved of her being labelled "angry".
In the interview Cyrus also says: "And it’s not anger like, ‘Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.’ You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my VMA’. 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,'” she also said."
This is where things get confusing – Minaj made it explicitly about race and did open up a global discussion – see here. Cyrus also dismisses the idea that MTV deliberately sidelined the "Anaconda" star. "“What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. 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."
Cyrus hosts the VMAs this Sunday and has promised a more "raw" MTV VMAs than ever before.