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Katy Perry Joins Feud Between Nicki Minaj And Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest In Trouble, Racism Put Into Focus

Katy Perry Joins Feud Between Nicki Minaj And Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest In Trouble, Racism Put Into Focus
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Katy Perry Joins Feud Between Nicki Minaj And Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest In Trouble, Racism Put Into Focus

Just a day after a feud on Twitter broke out between award-winning artists Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, it seems Katy Perry has also decided to join in, voicing her own opinions about the recently announced nominations for MTV VMA’s Video of the Year. But before that, she tweeted, “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…”

This was then followed up by another message that said, “The real travesty is where is the shine for #BBHMMVideo when VMA eligibility period was 7/7/14-7/1/15 & that gem dropped 7/1… @MTV”

Billboard reports that the tweet by Perry is actually a reference to Rihanna. Meanwhile, nobody can forget that Perry actually has an ongoing feud with Taylor Swift. Last year, TMZ reported that the rift between the two artists began when three of Swift’s dancers decided to quit and work for Perry instead. The said dancers reportedly gave Swift a 30-day notice, but Swift was so pissed off that she decided to fire them on the spot.

A Twitter war ensued between the two artists with Swift pointing out Perry’s betrayal and Perry referring to Swift as “Regina George in sheep’s clothing.” In response to this, Swift ended up writing the song “Bad Blood.” Part of the lyrics read:

“Did you think we’d be fine? Still got scars on my back from your knife
So don’t think it’s in the past, these kinda wounds they last and they last.
Now did you think it all through? All these things will catch up to you
And time can heal but this won’t, so if you’re coming my way, just don’t”

Ironically, Swift’s “Bad Blood” actually received a nomination for this year’s MTV VMA’s Video Of the Year. Meanwhile, the same song (and nomination) is probably what prompted Swift to respond to Minaj’s tweet, which then led to the recent feud between the two highly respected artists.

Meanwhile, as Minaj brings to the forefront the reality that is racism in the music industry, it seems celebrity Ryan Seacrest did not get it at all. And Minaj was quick to pick up on this and call him out.

The Los Angeles Times spoke with National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Executive Director Benjamin Hooks back in 1987 following a 20-page report he released, detailing racial discrimination in “virtually every level” of the recording industry. Hooks stated, “Blacks, who have contributed so much to American music, are almost totally excluded from positions of authority and responsibility.”

Fast forward several years later to 2009 and a paper done by Walter Edward Hart for The University of Texas at Arlington found, “The narrow representations of Black life that contained high levels of violence, misogyny, laziness, hyper sexuality, gang lifestyle, drug use and drug sales began to be interpreted as an authentic representation of Black life. Filtering these images through the historically negative racial attitudes, Whites easily accepted one-dimensional representations of hip hop music as authentic representations of Blacks because they fit easily into the historical representations of Blacks in America. With Whites presumed to be the primary audience of hip hop music, the culture industry fit hip hop music into the mechanized form that reiterated the negative perceptions of Blacks.”

Moreover, the paper stated, “This one-dimensional representation has serious consequences for White and Blackracial relationships because it allows Whites to justify their beliefs that Blacks have the same opportunity to achieve the American dream as Whites and denies any structural racism that inhibits Blacks from actualizing the elusive American dream.”

Last year, a similar finding was stated by Digital Music News when they posted the question, “So why, if the influence of Black artists on music is so massive, are there hardly any powerful Black executives in the modern music industry?” It was then found that big music companies including Apple, Spotify, Warner Music Group, SXSW, Clear Channel Communications, Universal Music Group, Pandora and Live Nation all employ a majority of white executives that usually come “from privileged backgrounds and educations.”

And so, with the help of Minaj’s tweets, it seems that dialogue on racism in the music industry can restart… again.

About Jennifer Ong

Jennifer Ong has been covering and writing stories since 1998. Over the years, she has worked on stories on business, health, lifestyle, entertainment and travel. She has also previously written shows for television. When she's not on the job, she enjoys wine and Formula 1.

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