We all know we live in a clickbait Internet economy, one filled with neo-libertarians and insecure men sipping heavy on the haterade. Today's hateclick though? None other than the Daily Mail's resident #AllLivesMatter advocate Piers Morgan on the Nicki Minaj/Taylor Swift VMA incident. A man who excels at sharing his "HEAR ME" takes on issues that he has approximately zero stake in, typically regarding people of color, women, American history or a combination of all of the above.
The latest is no exception.
Unfortunately, the article has been trending on Twitter all day and currently has 2.4 million shares, so we came up with a pretty simple solution -- we read it, summarized and subsequently tore it apart for you, in the hopes that you can satisfy your curiosity without helping him monetize his shitty, outdated ideas via your clicks.
Okay, take a deep breath, and let's begin.
For starters, this headline. "Stroppy"? Way to be completely dismissive of a black female artist's very valid points about racism in the music industry. The dictionary definition of "stroppy" after all is "touchy, belligerent, difficult, easily angry," aka the classic Victorian diagnosis of female hysteria. Minaj is not being "touchy" nor is she playing any card. She's simply sharing her frustrations about working in an industry where looks are everything and essentially determine your worth as a female entertainer. Because I'm sure Morgan has ample experience in that arena, right?
Seeing as how it was easily the most meme-fied video of the year and the clip that smashed a Vevo record, it's easy to see where Nicki's frustration comes from.
This wasn't a battle waged against Swift personally and it wasn't Minaj's tweets exploding, as Morgan says, "like toxic firecrackers," it was her making a wider critique of a situation that she has to live and deal with every day. Taylor merely inserted herself unnecessarily into a situation, and was (pretty politely) called out.
Misunderstandings aside, just because a tiff happens online, it doesn't mean you have to take a side -- especially if you gleefully use it as an opportunity to chide a woman for "being too sensitive" and reinforce old, vile racist and sexist stereotypes. Because the most disturbing part of his op-ed is the constant use of derisive descriptors (i.e. "raged," "sneered," "flounced," the aforementioned "stroppy") that are there to undermine Nicki's agency, painting her as a tyrannicalwoman who's just being way too touchy about this. He also describes "self-styled 'Black Twitter'" as 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."
It's just an all-around bigoted trainwreck of an article. Perhaps it's time for 50-year-old Morgan to listen to the wise words of a 16-year-old.
End the "angry black girl" narrative. It's just another attempt to undermine certain perspectives. I have strong opinions. I am not angry.