Celebrity beef just another ploy to make money

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In the wake of the VMAs, viewers anticipated how Nicki Minaj would react to Taylor Swift. No one expected the two to open the awards show together. Instead, Minaj took a nice jab at host, Miley Cyrus.

The internet went crazy. Gifs and memes of Minaj shouting, “Miley what’s good” at Cyrus had surfaced before the west coast could even watch the show.

As a person fascinated by pop culture, I will admit that I love to buy into celebrity beef. But is it really drama, or just another way for celebrities to make money?

Last month there was the Drake and Meek Mills fiasco. As real as it seemed, the biggest thing that came from the quarrel was Drake releasing music that probably brought in bank for him.

Drake got the world to refer to people who are all talk on the internet as “Twitter fingers.” Minaj looks like a boss wifing Meek, but she can’t forget her prenup.

I believe that much of the drama is real when it comes to celebrities. But I also believe that they love to buy into whatever market they can get from it.

Way back when Paris Hilton was popular, she and BFF, Nicole Richie, had a reality TV show called “The Simple Life.” Then suddenly the two had a fight and Hilton started a new show called “Paris Hilton: My New BFF,” and it ran for TWO seasons.

People love to try to pick sides in celebrity fights, thinking that one side is right. Sometimes one side is right, but sometimes both are just odd.

In Amber Rose versus the Kardashians, both sides were trying to argue who was sluttier.

The Kardashians are famous for Kim’s sex tape, Rose is famous for dating a bunch of rappers. The Kardashians made an empire out of that tape though, and Rose is, well, still dating with a bunch of rappers.

My favorite drama is musician drama. Drake isn’t the only one to release a diss track. Taylor Swift wrote “Bad Blood” for Katy Perry, Mariah Carey wrote “Obsessed” for Eminem and we all remember Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” for Courtney Love.

Celebrity drama is bananas, B A N A N A S. But I love it because it inspires great songs and funny gifs.

Brittany McClintock can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.