Taylor Swift suffered from a very public case of foot-in-mouth syndrome Tuesday night when the "Bad Blood" singer came at artist Nicki Minaj over tweets that were not about her.
The MTV Video Music Awards nominations were the catalyst for Swift's awkward, misguided and short-winded meltdown, which occurred after Minaj took to Twitter to air out her frustrations when her songs "Anaconda" and "Feelin' Myself" were not nominated for Video of the Year.
First, Minaj posted a photo on Instagram with a caption that read, "Lol u guys did we miss the deadline?? #MTV."
She then let off a series of tweets addressing the apparent snub. She implied that if she were a white artist, her videos would have been nominated in the category.
It was the tweet about celebrating slim bodies that was the last straw for Swift. She tweeted Minaj thinking that the rapper was speaking directly about her.
Swift received nine MTV VMA nominations, the most of any artist. She's also nominated for the Video of the Year award for her star-studded "Bad Blood" music video with Kendrick Lamar. The other nominees are "7/11" by Beyonce, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars and "Alright," by Kendrick Lamar.
Here's when it gets awkward. Minaj claims her rant wasn't directed toward Swift at all.
To which Swift responded in a very cringe-worthy way:
Nicki's fans backed her completely. But the Barbz, as Minaj fans are affectionately called, weren't the only ones in the artist's corner. Many users identified double standards in early media coverage of Minaj's and Swift's interaction that portrayed Minaj, black, as angry and irate and Swift as sweet and docile. They also compared Minaj's and Swift's interaction to common divides between white women and women of color in the modern-day feminist movement.
The collective Twitter response forced Entertainment Weekly to apologize for their "insensitive juxtaposition of photos." They've since changed the photo.
Ironically, or maybe not, Swift wasn't the only area celebrity involved in drama on Twitter last night. Minaj's new beau, Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, went on a four-hour-long, expository Twitter rant directed primarily at Toronto rapper Drake. Prompted perhaps also by the MTV VMAs, or maybe because Drake didn't tweet a link to Meek's new album "Dreams Worth More Than Money," Meek asserted Drake doesn't write his own raps, a hefty accusation in the hip-hop world. He also called Minaj's ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels gay.
Referring to Drake's feature on his song "R.I.C.O.," Meek said:
Drake has yet to respond to Meek's accusations.