Posted Jul 22nd, 2015 (11:30 am) by Addie Provost

Taylor Swift is very outspoken about the inherent sexism in a music industry that repeatedly pits women against each other, so why was she so quick to jump down Nicki Minaj's throat after this tweet?

Swift quickly identified herself as the target of the tweet and it's not hard to see why. Her action packed "Bad Blood" music video (which ironically features women fighting against each other) was nominated for Video of the Year while Minaj's "Anaconda" was not. In addition, Swift without a doubt falls into the "women with slim bodies" category that Minaj mentioned in her tweet while the other nominees (Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars) do not.

In less than an hour, Swift had what she must've considered a perfect comeback composed and out on the Twittersphere.

This is where it gets awkward.

Apparently, Minaj's original tweet wasn't meant as a slight against Swift but as a commentary on an industry that favors bodies like Swift's over curvy bodies like Minaj's, although we can't help but wonder how Beyoncé's nomination fits into Minaj's narrative.

Swift attempted to mend the misunderstanding but the gesture was cringe-worthy.

Might've been better to just put your foot in your mouth, Tay. Nicki doesn't want to celebrate your potential win with you, she wants to be recognized for her own efforts.

The "Anaconda" video, love it or hate it, was easily one of the most talked about videos of 2014. It inspired a popular sketch on The Ellen Degeneres Show and broke Vevo's record for the most streams in 24 hours (previously held by Miley Cyrus's provocative "Wrecking Ball" video). It also sparked an important conversation about female musicians using their sexuality as a means of empowerment as opposed to being objectified by outside entities. It's understandable that Minaj would be upset by not receiving a nomination and the blatant hypocrisy of an industry that profits from the commercialization of African American bodies without rewarding the owners of the bodies themselves.

Swift's response, while clearly a misunderstanding, was tone deaf at best and though she is quickly proving to be an important feminist leader could benefit from incorporating some intersectionality in her plight for equal and fair representation in the music industry.

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