Fans are still buzzing about the Twitter firestorm that erupted last night after Nicki Minaj made some not-so-subtle comments about her clips “Anaconda” and “Feelin’ Myself” (with Beyoncé) getting Video of the Year nomination snubs by the MTV Video Music Awards. Taylor Swift got involved. The whole thing was pretty brutal. (Check out a full recap here if you’ve been sleeping the past 15 hours, which we praise you for.)
One unlikely player in the entire ordeal was hard news reporting maverick Perez Hilton, who took it upon himself to butt into the debate and stir up unnecessary diva drama. In other words, typical troll shenanigans. Check out his tweets:
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) July 22, 2015
Also, if Beyonce could stop taking publishing credit from songs she didn't really write, that'd be solid! Rihanna don't pull that shit!
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) July 22, 2015
See how he casually shaded Beyoncé and dragged Rihanna into the discussion? Perez 100 percent has the right to say what he wants; however, we have to question his intentions. People love pitting strong female acts against one another. We live for the cattiness and quasi-bitchy attitudes. But if you call yourself a feminist—which, at its core, means you support gender equality—then this type of indulgent behavior is pretty horrible.
Men get into spats all the time, yet Perez harps on female quarrels. (He may comment on the dude clashes, but not nearly as feverishly. If we’re wrong, please provide evidence.) And, furthermore, he regularly uses his public platform to encourage such soapy drivel.
This isn’t the first time Perez got his rocks off enjoying fabricated diva-on-diva drama. For years, the news trailblazer was famously BFFs with Lady Gaga—who he dubbed “wifey”—and repeatedly praised her on his site. After their public falling out (over God knows what) a few years back, his attitude toward Gaga became noticeably negative. No more “wifey” speak.
Whatever. It’s Perez’s site, and he can say what he wants. We took issue, however, when Mr. Hilton perpetuated the “feud” between Gaga and Katy Perry over their respective tracks “Applause” and “Roar” in August 2013. Perez unabashedly pledged his allegiance to “Roar”—one of his headlines even read “Why Katy Perry’s Roar Is A Greater Song Than Lady GaGa’s Applause!”—and took every opportunity to compare Ms. Perry’s commercial success favorably to Gaga’s. He gleefully wrote in another piece, “Katy’s fab fresh Prism single might be off to a perfect start, but her biggest competitor this week isn’t faring nearly as well. Lady GaGa’s “Applause” is only on pace to sell around 200K copies by the week’s end!” We can tell you’re really upset, bro.
The tea? There was no feud at all. “Because look, we both just happened to want to put our singles out within a week of each other,” Gaga told Ryan Seacrest in 2013. “And it’s not necessarily convenient for everyone and may be a little bit awkward…but we don’t need to force-feed this negativity…”
That’s right. Blinded by a vendetta against Gaga, this investigative journalism veteran created girl-on-girl tension that didn’t even exist. Total sexist bullcrap.
And don’t think it ends there. Perez’s tête-à-tête with Gaga made him a Madonna stan seemingly overnight. It’s merely coincidence Madge and Gaga play out as arch nemeses in the press, right?
Wrong. Gaga admitted in an interview with Howard Stern that her feud with Perez actually has its roots in Madonna: “There’s always this pissing match: Did she take her torch, you know, is she the new her? Is she going to outlast her or not?”
Again, was there even a GD Madonna-Gaga brawl to begin with? From the looks of this photo of Lady G, Madge, and Katy at this year’s Met Gala, our guess is no.
The crazy part about all of this is that Perez publicly claimed in 2010 he’d stop bullying celebrities on his website. Sure, he’s not outing stars or drawing penises on their faces anymore, but has he really changed that much? And we have to ask: Does he create these feuds to drive traffic—and make more $$$—on his site?
Instead of feeding into last night’s fake Nicki/Taylor drama (and randomly bringing in Bey and RiRi), Perez should’ve used the opportunity to praise these women for their work regardless of nominations. He didn’t. He started a girl fight.
Whether Perez wants to admit it or not, these micro-aggressive pop star jabs are forms of anti-feminist bullying. And he needs to cut the crap.
In conclusion, we leave you with this tweet from Kris Jenner, who always speaks the damn truth.
@PerezHilton fuck you Perez no one asked me to comment ….and I'm sitting with Bruce now watching this show so let's keep it real…LOL….
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) April 25, 2015