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If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s definitely that controversy sells. But as more and more stars stage beefs and fights to drum up publicity, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real from the fake. Click through the next slides as we get down to business as to whether these celebrity beefs were staged just for attention or not.
Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus
Viewers tuned into this year’s MTV VMAs were left with their mouth’s gaped open during Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech. The Young Money princess called host Miley Cyrus out of her name over the comments she made in an interview leading up to the awards show. Minaj became a trending topic for calling Cyrus a b*tch live on the air, but many felt the entire scene was concocted to spice things up for the awards show. Last year’s ratings were down nearly two million viewer’s from the previous year. Neither camp has commented on the incident, but MTV VMAs executive producer Vin Toffler said, “It was [real]. In no way was any of that planned.”
The first time I realized that I have a deep disdain for Miley Cyrus was during this past Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.
She has always irked me. To be specific, it irks me when she sticks her tongue out, wears those stupid Lolita-inspired buns, and, you know, makes her annoying music. But her irksome ways never pushed me to the point of disliking her.
I remember going to the supermarket and hearing one of her songs play over the store’s sound system. A man walked past me and said something about how Miley Cyrus is destroying our nation. I guess he expected me to share in his condemnation. But I was like “What? Um, okay. Ha-ha-ha…”
Women always get blamed for the downfall of society, so I wasn’t too keen on co-signing his observations – until I started reading Cyrus’s comments about Nicki Minaj. In particular, the dismissive tone she took towards the rapper’s grievances over the lack of body and other kinds of diversity among this year’s VMA nominees for Video of the Year.
It was this comment, in particular, made in the New York Times, which roused the bees in my bonnet:
I didn’t follow it. 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. 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.
This was when I realized that Cyrus’s self-proclaimed feminism ain’t all that intersectional. I don’t want to get into all the ways her statement grated at me as I feel that many other writers on this here Internet have done a beautiful job of taking her to task already. But what I will comment on is this idea that Minaj, who, mind you, didn’t come out of pocket in those original tweets, needed to have her tone policed. You know the thing that people do when they can’t defend themselves against a statement and can’t refute it? They blame their inability to do so on how you said it. As if Minaj is supposed to ask polite permission first to be taken seriously.
Still, despite Cyrus’s simple comments and Minaj’s complaints, who really cares? This entire beef is all centered around stupid validation from an already problematic institution (and I am talking about MTV here). And none of it really is having any effect on our lives. I totally get that. But for an artist like Minaj, who is making both money and a name for herself in the industry, it has to burn that her efforts are not being fully recognized. That’s why I get her impromptu call-out of Cyrus during the award’s show.
And yet, as beautifully frank as that call-out was, there is something that kind of bothered me about it all. It has nothing to do with the comments made recently by talk show host Wendy Williams about Cyrus only being a kid. As far as I am concerned, if Cyrus is old enough to talk sh*t to an elder, she is old enough to get called out for it.
But rather, I started to think: Just how committed is Minaj to promoting diversity within the industry?
What I mean is that in the span of her entire career, I have yet to see Minaj promote any new artists, particularly a Black woman artist in the industry. Not a rapper (though there was an awkward compliment given to Dej Loaf at the BET awards). Not a singer (minus an already heavily established Beyoncé). Not a single other Black woman.
According to this Nicki Minaj Wiki page, she has tons of collaborations, including a couple of tracks with Miami-based rapper Trina, and, of course, Beyoncé. However, most of her collaborations have been features on other people’s albums. And the grand majority of those have been with well-established pop (i.e. White mainstream) artists and male rappers. Some of those collaborations include the very people she now denounces.
I remember there was a time when all the popular women who rapped during a particular era would get together and do lady anthems. There was also a time when artists, including the lady ones, would try to promote up-and-coming rappers in the industry. But while Minaj has been good at promoting herself, I can’t say the same about her efforts for others. Granted, the way Lil’ Kim came at her upon her arrival on the scene probably influenced why Minaj seems content on holding the lane just for herself. I get it, but it’s not necessarily right.
So while I agree with her that Cyrus was out of line, I would also have more sympathy for her cause if Minaj was helping to bring more sisters up and along in the industry.
Did you watch the 2015 Video Music Awards last night? We did too, and from missing guests to celebrity beef, we were left with some questions about this year’s show that we need answers to.
The VMAs are known for shocking moments and insane fashion, and last night’s ceremony was no exception. Sometimes the stars knock it out of the park, and sometimes they fail…miserably. Let’s look at some of the best and (mostly) worst fashion moments from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Whoopi Goldberg, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are among celebrity pot lovers and are very open about it. Nevertheless, there are many more celebrity women who have at least tried marijuana that some folks probably didn’t know about.
We must admit some of these ‘caught out there’ moments of celebs being racist are quite hilarious (see Chelsea Handler’s grape soda can) while others are heartbreaking (Michael Richards, Paula Deen) because many brown and black folks really adored these stars. But the biggest takeaway from this list were all groups across the board are caught out there? Everybody’s a little bit racist.
Source: Ranker. All images courtesy of WENN
15 Celebs Caught Being Racist
As popular and successful as some of the artists are on this list are, they have been criticized for or are often accused of stealing black culture. But do you see it? Check out the following celebs and let us know what you think about accusations that they’re trying too hard to be something they’re not: black.
When you consider the fact this country was founded on the principle of taking from others who had already been there and done that, it’s really not surprising that this behavior is still going on today, in smaller, more passive ways. Oh, don’t get it twisted the government is still figuratively raping and pillaging but that’s another story for another day.
What I’m talking about are the micro ways in which fashion magazines. pop culture websites and mainstream culture adopts vernacular, dances, hair and fashion trends from the Black community and pretends they’ve stumbled upon a new trend. It happens quite often.
Check out a few examples on the following pages.
And for more on this topic, check out the trailer for “Bleaching Black Culture,” which is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon now.
With news of Beyonce and Topshop’s fashion partnership and of course all of the subsequent bubbling and excited chatter on the web, we decided to take a look back at other celebs who launched clothing lines. We discovered that while there were quite a few who did well many of these failed celebrity fashion lines were a sad day in the world of style and pop culture. Good luck Bey.
Not Rocking That: 15 Failed Celebrity Fashion Lines
When it comes to culture, is it only for a particular ethnic group? The new Moguldom Studios documentary Bleaching Black Culture takes a look at many of the trends and success from the Black community and how it translates into the American culture. From influences in music to fashion, there’s no denying how Blacks have played a role in our nation’s evolving identity. The question is whether or not our contributions have been acknowledged or stolen.
“Don’t do my thing and not give me my share,” says actor Lamman Rucker (Why Did I Get Married?). “That’s when it becomes theft.”
Is Black culture only for Black people? If others try to make contributions, is it cultural appropriation, or theft? You be the judge. Here’s a look at 10 white celebrities who have embraced Black culture. Obviously we can add many more to this list, but what do you think about each person?