By Jessica Goodman
July 23, 2015 at 02:15 PM EDT

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj’s Twitter debate over the VMAs continues to gather an audience, many of whom are artists and friends. Ed Sheeran, documented Swift bestie, spoke to the Daily Telegraph about the exchange and said, “I think everyone knows that Taylor has done nothing wrong in that situation.”

He continued, “She didn’t nominate herself for the awards. It’s not her fault, she just made some good videos and people think they’re good. And 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.

After BuzzFeed UK quoted his comments in a story, Sheeran responded to the site’s Twitter account to clarify what he meant.

The whole discourse started after MTV announced the VMA nominations on Tuesday. Minaj’s “Anaconda” video was notably left off the Video of the Year and Best Choreography categories. She then tweeted commentary about the nominations, writing, “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, ‘Anaconda’ would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well.” She continued, “When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination,” and “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”

Taylor Swift then responded to Minaj: “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..” Swift’s comments incited a backlash against the star, igniting an online debate about feminism and pop culture.

Katy Perry weighed in too.

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