Frank Turner clarifies Nicki Minaj T In The Park comments

The singer branded her a 'selfish shithead' for her T antics

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Eustace - 09 July 2012

Minaj, billed after Turner, arrived onstage at the festival 50 minutes late, playing a truncated 25-minute set before Swedish House Mafia, and Turner and his band alleged the rapper and her crew acted disrespectfully towards people backstage.

Nigel Powell, of Turner’s backing band The Sleeping Souls, tweeted: “You know what? Nicki Manaj (sic) can just fuck right off…I know nothing about her music but backstage her security guy just pushed a crew person off the path into the mud so she could walk past.”

Turner retweeted the comments, adding: Nicki Minaj has been being a total selfish shithead to all the hardworking crew backstage at T. Pathetic. Fuck off. You can (I suppose) be a dick to your own crew, you're paying them. But everyone else? And not to mention the people out front. Ugh.”

After being inundated with abusive tweets from Minaj fans, many of which he retweeted in amusement, Turner took to his blog earlier today to clarify his position, saying:

“I have no interest in rehashing the specifics of what happened, it’s not, in itself, a massive deal to me. I still don’t really know who Nicki Minaj is, and I don’t really care. I have no opinion on her music, for all I know she’s a genius. Good for her.

The central point I wanted to make, and the thing that got me pissed off in the first place, is about respect. A lot of bands (and me) spend a lot of time talking about respect for the people who listen to your music, the people in front of the stage, the “fans” (I still hate that word) or whatever, and rightly so; personally, I feel that showing up late and not apologizing is a little weak. But the thing that got to me yesterday was more about respect for a different group of people: the crew.

Running a festival is a logistical nightmare; it takes a lot of people an awful lot of time to make sure everything runs even vaguely smoothly. If there’s one person in the midst of this who has a pretty easy, highly paid job (show up, mime, go home) who refuses to do this, and thereby fucks up the day of all the hard-working, sleep-deprived, exhausted, under-appreciated festival crew, well, that pisses me off. It means everyone has to do a ton more work just to make sure that the people at the festival and all the other bands don’t have their day ruined.

For some reason, doing this when you’re holding a microphone makes you “artistic”, “difficult” or maybe a “Diva”. In any other walk of life it’s called being rude, selfish and inconsiderate.”


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