In the latest issue of the New York Times magazine, Nicki Minaj says something extremely well-reasoned regarding Miley Cyrus’s engagement with black culture. It is pointed and specific without getting unfairly personal or malicious. All internet thinkpieces should strive for its tone and succinctness. In fact, it is, in a paragraph, the ultimate internet thinkpiece:
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? 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.
Wow, Nicki Minaj. What a terrific point. Great job.
Later, Minaj ended up shutting down the NYT mag interview with celeb-profile titan Vanessa Grigoriadis when Grigoriadis asked if Minaj “thrives on” the drama that surrounds Minaj via the men she knowns and works with (Lil Wayne, Birdman, Drake, and Meek Mill, for example):
“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.” She called me “rude” and “a troublemaker,” said “Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way” and, at last, declared, “I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”
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