The Giving Tree of Feuds: Katy/Taylor, Taylor/Nicki, Nicki/Miley
Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to sub-tweet. This multi-layered, multi-pop star feud goes back to 2014, when Taylor told Rolling Stone that a colleague was trying to sabotage her. Katy swiftly (get it?) responded with a tweet implying that Taylor is a Mean Girl in disguise (also known as a nightmare dressed like a daydream). The feud carried over into 2015, and one squad-on-steroids “Bad Blood” music video later, there’s no love lost between the two.
Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 9, 2014
Fast forward to summer 2015 and the VMA nominations: Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to vent her frustration about women of color being underrepresented, and Taylor decided to jump in with a few (since deleted) scolding tweets aimed at Minaj “pitting women against other women.” As a debate about feminism, white privilege and the role of black women in pop culture raged, Taylor called Nicki to smooth things over.
When the "other" girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
All good? Not so fast. Katy jumped in the fray, saying she found it ironic that (we can assume) Taylor was complaining about girl power when she profited off a song about taking a woman down.
Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015
But let’s put a pin in that for a second and get to Miley Cyrus, who was gearing up to host the VMAs. In an interview with the New York Times, Miley seemingly tone-policed Nicki and said her message wasn’t received because she’s not polite.
The VMAs face-to-face showdown started off harmoniously enough, with Nicki and Taylor sharing the stage for a duet. In hindsight, that was the calm before mic drop: Nicki taking to the podium to say, “And now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”
And today: Nicki and Taylor are cool. Nicki and Miley are not. Taylor and Katy are not. Taylor and Miley are not. Miley and Katy are.
Exhausted? Us too.
The Most Manscaped Feud: Zayn Malik vs. Calvin Harris
Zayn broke a million tween hearts when he left One Direction in the spring, saying he wanted more space, peace, and musical freedom. It seems that the restrictions of the boy band life couldn’t end quickly enough for Zayn; he quickly got into 140-character spars with former band mate Louis Tomlinson, producer Naughty Boy and most notably, uber-DJ (and TSwift BF) Calvin Harris. The rift started when Zayn favourited a tweet that disagreed with Taylor’s take on “free music” services like Apple and Spotify. Calvin went hard on the idea of not paying for music/defending Taylor’s position, and Zayn went even harder, calling Calvin a d-ckhead who wears dentures. It ended with an “lol,” but we don’t think peace will truly be made until Taylor and Gigi get their respective BFs together for a double date.
The Most Stripper-ific Fight: Channing Tatum vs. Alex Pettyfer
The second installment of Magic Mike may have been XXL but it was noticeably missing a main character from the first film: Alex Pettyfer’s “The Kid.” It was widely reported that Channing hated Pettyfer, and it appears the rumour is extremely true. While a gentleman like Channing never feuds and tells, Alex Pettyfer recently revealed to Bret Easton Ellis that there were many reasons for Channing to dislike him: Alex had a difficult reputation before even being cast, his on-set “shyness” and fear made him appear snobby and arrogant, and his fear of flying caused a lot of friction when it came time to promote the film. Throw in a rent dispute with one of Channing’s friends, and you have the makings of fight fit for reality TV. May we suggest they work out their disagreements with a dance off?
The Mix Tape Feud: Drake vs. Meek Mill
Between possibly dating Serena Williams and #HotlineBling, Drake has had a pretty sick year. Adding to his list of accomplishments is his undisputed win in the feud against Meek Mill. Let’s go back: in July, Meek tweeted that Drake doesn’t write his own verses and regularly uses ghostwriters (a major insult in the hip hop industry). Drake responded with an onslaught of diss tracks and mix tapes that Meek could barely respond to. OVO FTW.
Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don't write his own raps! That's why he ain't tweet my album because we found out! 😁
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
The Unfair Fight: Iggy Azalea vs. Erykah Badu
What makes this fight unfair? The contenders: in one corner, a critically acclaimed and highly respected singer/songwriter and in the other corner, Iggy Azalea. The feud started when Erykah was hosting the Soul Train Awards and jokingly banned rappers from the ceremony before taking a faux call from Iggy, exclaiming, ““Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey! No, no, no, no, no, no, no! You can come, ‘cause what you’re doing is definitely not rap.” Twitter delighted in the PhD level shade, and Iggy fans quickly went on the defensive, with Iggy herself tweeting that people continued to try to discredit her work from 2014.
We are days from 2016, but i came online today and saw its still cool to try and discredit my 2014 accomplishments. LOL, fucking hell.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 1, 2015
Days passed, and in a Twitter Q&A, Erykah offered up a salty “I’m sorry” video, saying she wanted to apologize to Iggy because her daughters are fans, and, addressing her daughters, asked “Why don’t you all go be with her then.” She also wondered if Iggy would be willing to go to a parent-teacher conference. Seemingly missing the nuances of the “apology,” Iggy offered Erykah’s daughters tickets to her next show…if they get good grades.