In one of the creepier-sounding phone calls in recorded history, Donald Trump apparently called Miley Cyrus to congratulate her personally after her scandalous, twerk-filled performance at the 2013 VMAs.
As Cyrus explained in a recent Times interview, "I was staying at the Trump Hotel and Donald Trump literally called and said, basically, 'I know everyone’s talking about it, but I loved it.' I had no idea anyone was talking about it yet.” (Good rule of thumb -- if Donald Trump loves your performance, the rest of the world likely finds it problematic).
Later in the interview, Cyrus turns to another controversial topic: Nicki Minaj’s recent criticism that the VMAs unduly favors white artists.
After trying unsuccessfully to avoid weighing in (even though she clearly really wanted to weigh in), Cyrus chastised Minaj for the way she addressed the issue.
As she put it, " If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.” Instead of turning to the bigger issues, Cyrus claims, Minaj made it ‘about her.’ Or as she put it: "Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.’”
"If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that,” she continued. “But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: 'This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.’”
When interviewer Joe Coscarelli pointed out that Minaj did in fact say that, Cyrus’ criticisms grew even more pointed:
"What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about. Now you’ve just given E! News 'Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.’ I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose."
Read the full interview -- which concludes with Cyrus admitting she has no idea what videos are nominated, because she doesn’t really listen to music or watch TV, cause whatever -- over at the Times.