When Black Women Clap Back: The Fear White Media Holds

The 2015 MTV Video Music AwardsPhoto: WENN
 

Mainstream publications and those outside of the culture that so strongly wish to co-opt, are going overboard the deeper into the 21st century we go. Last night’s must-tweet-event was the 2015 MTV VMAs and if you happened to miss it (in favor of watching something less brain sapping) — we totally understand — but let us recap some highlights:

  • Justin Bieber debuted his “bad boy” look that was more emo-hipster than James Dean cool.
  • Rebel Wilson managed to offend everyone in the #BlackLivesMatter movement with her “stripper police” bit.
  • Kanye West admonished his critics, gave another stream-of-consciousness rant, and nominated himself for president in the year 2020.

Another must see moment happened when Nicki Minaj kicked off the show, squashing her “soufflé” with fellow pop phenom, Taylor Swift. The two started going back and forth over the “Video of the Year” category, with the former believing that she was being snubbed in favor of the “skinny, white girls” of the music industry. That was back in July. Fast forward to this past Sunday, and it was apparent that it was no more “Bad Blood” between the Young Money queen and the New York City transplant.

Swift and Minaj quickly made amends during the performance of “The Night Is Still Young” and would then go on to take home the award for “Best Hip-Hop Video” for “Anaconda”.

As Barbz all around the globe were surely losing their cool, watching their rap hero take home another trophy, the 32-year-old shattered the lovey-dovey mood when she wrapped her speech by dissing VMAs host Miley Cyrus.

“Back to this b—h that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” Minaj said angrily to the live viewing audience. “Miley Cyrus, what’s good?” MTV promptly cut of her microphone before she could do anymore damage to the former child performer’s reputation. Minaj, referring to a New York Times interview earlier in the week, was miffed that Cyrus criticized the way Minaj had addressed her issues with the VMAs and Taylor Swift, saying: “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj, is not too kind.”

That right there brings us squarely to the fallout Minaj’s rant has produced. This morning, popular publication Salon, tweeted their not-so-subtle feelings about the Young Money star in a post that you can see below:

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The post and tweet have both been deleted since the writing of this response, yet its fallout is being socialized all across the web.

Many in the entertainment-watching community and fans of Nicki Minaj are incensed that another mainstream media post has used offensive rhetoric to describe a star of color’s movements or outbursts. Even when Kanye West, whom made headlines years ago with cutting off Taylor Swift to salute Beyonce for having the better video, said that he had “60,000 people booing him” at a baseball game, Salon still felt it appropriate to call a black woman a “savage”. It must be empowering for publications like Salon or people like Kylie Jenner to usurp black culture, profit from it, and then be shielded from any angst or trepidation from outside forces.

Awkward silence might’ve ensued while Minaj was continuing her “expletive-laden rant” to a white woman who was rocking faux-dreads, but it was church-and-gospel in the households of those all-too-familiar with this narrative.

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