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Celebrity Slam - Chicken beef

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There’s not much we take more seriously than beef here at Celebrity Slam. We recognize that inane conflicts between famous people are the driving force behind whatever success we might derive from this feature. Beef is the best.

But here’s the thing – what if that beef … tastes like chicken?

That’s what we’re looking at in our latest delightful throwdown, between longtime antagonists Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj.

Now, these two have a long history of sniping at each other, but the feud seemed to have gone dormant recently. All that’s over now, as things appear to be spicy between them once again.

It started with Cyrus, who name-dropped Minaj – along with fellow Minaj foe Cardi B – in a lyric for her new song “Cattitude.” The line goes “I love you Nicki, but I listen to Cardi.” Doesn’t seem like a particularly harsh attack, but you wouldn’t know it by the fury of Minaj’s response.

On her radio show, Minaj said, “A Perdue chicken can never talk s-- about queens. But I do notice a lot of Perdue chickens recently have been trying to say the queen’s name for clout. And that’s always been happening.”

From there, Minaj referenced the 2015 beginnings of their feud for a bit, then pivoted to take a couple of shots at the episode of “Black Mirror” starring Cyrus.

For her part, Cyrus tried to explain that the wrong message was being taken and that the lyric was meant to express love for both women, saying “They’re both queens. And anytime you want to feel powerful and strong, that’s my go-to: Cardi and Nicki.”

However, Minaj wasn’t buying.

What takes this beef from good to great is the fact that the official Twitter account for Perdue Chicken inserted itself into the fray, thanking Minaj for the mention before concluding with “but we don’t know nothing about beef.”


One has to assume that Cyrus is being disingenuous here. While we’d love to give her the benefit of the doubt, there’s no way she didn’t anticipate getting this sort of blowback from Minaj. It’s clear from, well, literally every interaction that the two have ever had that this was going to be an incendiary situation. Pretending like it’s all a misunderstanding is a reach, you know?

As for Minaj, it’s no surprise she took the bait. Regardless of how she actually feels about the situation, she never saw a conflict she didn’t like, and with the seeming de-escalation of her ongoing battle with Cardi B, Minaj could probably use something to keep her name at the forefront of the conversation. And so, Cyrus gave her a gift, a chance to get mad in a public forum – one of Minaj’s favorite activities.

(Before we go any further, let’s take a minute to talk about the real winners here: Perdue Chicken. Sure, they were delayed in their response, but it’s tough to blame them for being asleep at the switch – what were the odds that someone famous would integrate them into the cultural conversation, even if it was in the form of an insult. Still, they got their joke in and it wasn’t terrible and now Perdue gets to look young and hip for a few minutes before Minaj calls Cyrus a McNugget or something and we all forget that this ever happened.)

The truth is that both women could probably derive some benefit from churning up a little controversy between them. While Miley seems to be pushing toward a resurgence – new music, the aforementioned “Black Mirror” episode – she also has to deal with the fact that through sheer blind chance, her dad wound up hitting the “Old Town Road” jackpot with Lil Nas X. That’s got to be weird. Meanwhile, Nicki’s at her pop culture pinnacle when she’s scrapping with somebody, and while Miley’s no Cardi B, she’ll probably do.

There’s nothing quite like stupid celebrity beef; these people are sniping at one another for literally no reason and it is glorious. But while we’ve seen plenty of similar conflicts over the years, there’s one thing we can say about this one that we’ve never said about any beef before.

Tastes like chicken.


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