- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 23, 2015

Taylor Swift apologized Thursday for injecting herself into Nicki Minaj’s Twitter race rant against the MTV Video Music Awards.

“I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ,” Mr. Swift wrote, receiving more than 54,000 retweets.

Ms. Swift was heavily criticized on Twitter Wednesday after she took personally a tweet from Ms. Minaj about racial privilege.

“If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” Ms. Minaj wrote. “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. … Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.”

Mr. Swift, who led the way with nine nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, and who is also white and slim, responded directly to Ms. Minaj, writing, “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.”

“Huh?” Ms. Minaj replied. “U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13.”

Daily Mail columnist Piers Morgan scoffed, “How many other skinny white women got nominated in the category? Answer: zero.”

According to Mr. Morgan, Ms. Swift was “eaten alive” for her comments by “Black Twitter — a very large, vocal and aggressive social media group of mainly black Americans who collectively leap on any perceived racial insult or bias to expel their indignation.”

Not surprisingly, Mr. Morgan was promptly labeled a racist online for his comments.

“I love the trolls who glibly brand me ‘racist’ but can never actually point to a single racist thing I do or say,” he responded.

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