It’s been over a month since Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs, and in a new interview with the New York Times, Minaj addresses the comments she made while onstage accepting her award for Best Hip-Hop Video.
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” Minaj said. “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.”
While accepting her award, Minaj had said, “This bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press … Miley, what’s good?” She was referencing comments Cyrus had made to the Times about Minaj and the tweets the rapper had posted about the VMAs nomination process.
“If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, ‘Anaconda’ would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” Minaj wrote. “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” (Cyrus won Video of the Year in 2014 for “Wrecking Ball.”)
Cyrus responded in the Times, saying, “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. […] 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.'”
For more on Minaj, head to the Times.