Piers Morgan had more than a few unkind words for one of the combatants in the war of words between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift that has been raging since Swift received seven nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards — to only two for Minaj.
USA Today reports that Morgan’s outspoken piece written for the U.K. publication The Daily Mail makes it clear the former CNN chat host is taking Swift’s side in the beef.
In case readers need to be brought up to speed on the Swift-Minaj hassle, USA Today offers a timeline here. A short summary is that Minaj complained about the disparity in nominations and accused the awards of celebrating “women with very slim bodies.” Minaj also mentioned race, tweeting: “Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.”
Swift responded by inviting Minaj to join her on stage if Taylor wins an award. Then fans got involved and it went downhill.
The latest USA Today report focuses on a few choice quotes from Morgan’s rant in The Daily Mail. Here’s a taste:
“Superstar rapper Nicki Minaj once worked at a Red Lobster restaurant in the Bronx. She was fired for ‘discourtesy to customers’. This followed a familiar behavioural pattern. By her own admission, Minaj was fired from ‘at least fifteen jobs’ for similar reasons. That’s a LOT of jobs and a LOT of discourtesy.”
“I experienced at first hand what a stroppy little piece of work she could be when she appeared as a guest act on ‘America’s Got Talent’ when I was still a judge on the show. My three sons, aged 16, 13 and 9 at the time, were keen to get a photo with her backstage. I approached her dressing room, where she was lounging and yawning on a couch, and made the polite request. Back came the message: ‘No.’ … My audience with her goons was over and I had to break the news to my sons that ‘Ms Minaj’ was too busy doing nothing to grant them a second of her precious time. She proceeded to scowl her way through her entire time with ‘AGT,’ on stage and off.”
“The reason your video didn’t get nominated for Video of the Year, Ms Minaj, is that it wasn’t as good as the others which did. Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar all made better ones. That’s not my opinion because I’m white. Or because I prefer skinny women to more voluptuous women (for the record, I don’t…).”