Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj Are Not Feuding, Two Black Women Can Get AlongSeptember 18th, 2012
By Arielle Loren
It’s been two days since the first taping of American Idol Season 12 and, without fail, the media is pushing rumors that Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are at war. Ignoring the fact that the two stars musically collaborated on Mariah’s “Up Out My Face (Remix)” and haven’t reported any beef, the headlines have pitted the two Black women against each other because that’s the norm for black women in reality shows and competitions on TV.
Yesterday, Carey set the record straight in a justified sarcastic response, saying that she and Minaj have only been together two days and “a feud takes a little longer to happen.” All of the judges laughed, and Nicki also added that everyone was “getting along wonderfully, darling.” The Butterfly star and Young Money artist were joined by Randy Jackson and Keith Urban, who, of course, as men, aren’t making news for an imaginary feud.
While it might make a salacious headline, it’s tragic that journalists, bloggers and media pundits can’t find a better way to spin a story about Idol without pitting the two women of color against each other. There’s already been enough Black woman thug-like behavior in reality television between Basketball Wives, Love & Hip Hop and Real Housewives of Atlanta. Would it be too much to accept that two black women could actually be cordial or even friendly on national television?
Of course, reality shows like Style Network’s Tia & Tamera have restored a bit of faith in black women starring in reality shows that aren’t rooted in physical and verbal assault. There’s nothing wrong with a show having a little bit of drama, but black women don’t always have to hate each other. Hopefully, that’s what Mariah and Nicki’s real interaction on Idol will prove.
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