Nicki Minaj Speaks on Infamous VMA Clap Back and Shuts Down Rude NYT Reporter

Nicki Minaj is the cover star for the latest issue of the New York Times. The rap sensation who is venturing into TV this year, doesn't disappoint in the cover story where she explains the VMAs clap-back felt across the nation and epically calls out a rude reporter when asked about the feuding men in her life.

In what was the most epic moment of the 2015 VMAs, Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus after accepting the Best Hip Hop Video award for "Anaconda." Miley referred to Nicki as "not very polite” in a New York Times interview for speaking out against the VMAs snubbing her. While many speculated that the moment may have been staged, Nicki lets the world know that the moment was very real and was about standing up for Black women.

She says:
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”

The article culminates in writer Vanessa Grigoriadis asking Nicki an outright disrespectful question.‘‘Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness—," she asks, referring to the feud between her boyfriend Meek Mil and label mate Drake. Nicki then responds perfectly, calling out the writer for her blatant diresecpt and sexism.
"That’s disrespectful," Minaj said, drawing herself up in the chair. "Why would a grown-a** woman thrive off drama?"
"What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama?" she asked. "Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-a** men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama?"
"That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?" she asked. "Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?" she continued. "To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did."
Nicki then kicks the writer out and declares her a rude troublemaker. "Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way." Nicki first says to the reporter, then, "I don’t care to speak to you anymore."

Read Nicki's full cover story here.

Photos: Erik Madigan Heck for The New York Times