This year’s MTV Video Music Awards nominations have brought out the competitiveness, to say the least, of today’s biggest pop stars.

Last month, right after the nominations were announced, Nicki Minaj began tweeting about her displeasure over her “Anaconda” video not getting a nod for “Video of the Year”.

Minaj, who will be opening this year’s show, calls it an iconic video that was empowering for women and our different body types. She also went on to say the snub was another example of how Black women’s contributions are ignored in society.

READ: Nicki Minaj Calls Out MTV For VMAs Snub! 

Eventually, Taylor Swift stepped in and gave her two cents, but apologized a day later realizing she took Minaj’s tweets out of context.

Now, right before she’s set to host this year’s VMAs, Miley Cyrus gave her thoughts to the New York Times on the Minaj-Taylor Twitter spat, and the former Disney star is ruffling some feathers.

“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,” Cyrus said.

“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. And it’s not anger like, ‘Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.’ You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.’”

A couple things can be taken from Cyrus’ statement.

First, she assumes Minaj was jealous and was angry, which misses the point and adds to the validity of Minaj’s initial statement.

But there’s more where that came from.

Cyrus goes on to say, “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. Now you’ve just given E! News ‘Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.’”

In Cyrus’ eyes, Minaj has gone from being jealous, to angry and now to not polite. Both Cyrus and Swift missed the point, but at least Swift later saw the error in her ways, apologizing to Minaj immediately after her statement, and going as far to invite Minaj to join her onstage.

The problem with Cyrus is she’s assuming Minaj is angry, when she was clearly pointing out something in the music industry that has been happening for ages, even before she had a career.

Just because you may not understand something (because it doesn’t affect you), doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Maybe open up your mind and try to grasp where Minaj was coming from and do your homework on how the contributions of Black women and Black artists in general have been largely overlooked.

But in all this, Minaj hasn’t been free of her share of criticism.

There are those who feel she brought up race because it was convenient now due to the police killings of unarmed Black women and men.

However, before the Black Lives Matter movement began, there were already countless opinion pieces on how Black artists are used to perform at award shows for ratings, but either won’t win or aren’t nominated for the ceremony’s major awards.

Nothing makes this more evident than the Grammys. Every year, fans and artists wait for the nominations only to complain and once again realize the academy doesn’t understand hip-hop or R&B music.

Other criticisms of Minaj regarding this issue were how she tweeted about Sandra Bland after pressure was put on her to do so.

The problem with our social media-obsessed world is we think just because a person hasn’t posted about an injustice on social media, then that means they either aren’t aware or don’t care.

Yes, solidarity is always welcomed and appreciated, but just because you don’t post your thoughts on social media, it doesn’t mean you care any less.

In the past, Minaj has tweeted about the death of Eric Garner after a grand jury ruled there were would be no charges filed against the police officer who put him in a chokehold.

It makes no sense to say, “Since you didn’t tweet about ABC, you can’t tweet about XYZ.”

If that’s the case, none of us should be tweeting about anything, ever.

If it makes people feel any better, Kim Kardashian, a mother of a Black daughter, tweeted about Sandra Bland and the need for gun control in this country.

Since tweeting about injustices and social issues has become so important, how about we monitor the social media habits of the presidential candidates and see where they stand.

But anyway.

Minaj will be opening the VMAs for the second time in a row. If she walks away with a moonman, let’s see if she throws any shade to Cyrus in her acceptance speech.

The VMAs air Sunday, August 30 at 9 PM. Will you be watching?

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.