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When Nicki Minaj accepted her MTV VMA award for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda,” she reminded this year’s host, Miley Cyrus, not to come for her.

Nic started by poking fun at the haters saying, “You know who I want to thank tonight? My pastor.”

Miley, who made headlines earlier this week for giving the rapper, real name Onika, unsolicited advice regarding her VMA spat with Taylor Swift, was next:

“…And now…back to this b*tch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press; Miley, what’s good?”

For context, Cyrus, in a New York Times interview, weighed in on the short-lived spat between Nicki and America’s Sweetheart Taylor Swift, which began after Swift wrongly confronted the rapper via Twitter. If you recall, Nicki, upset that the VMAs only celebrated women with slim bodies, was bombarded with critique that she was targeting and attacking Swift. Truth is, Nicki was only calling out a system that fails to celebrate diversity.

The media, however, painted Nicki with the brush of an “angry Black woman” trope. Cyrus suggested that for Nicki to discuss race, she should come across more polite.

“If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself,” Cyrus said. “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about.”

Both unsolicited critiques reveal something more menacing for not just Nicki, but women of color. Black women are often made to be silent about the standards they’re excluded from and when they do speak, they are considered aggressive. But Cyrus’ comment does something more — it suggests that for Black people to talk about race and be validated in their justifiable frustration, we must be polite.

Talk about violence.

You can watch Nicki’s acceptance speech below:



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