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June 16, 2016

Donald Trump has claimed that being called "The Donald" is really no big deal. "I don't mind that it stuck," he told The Washington Post last September. "I think it's an endearment." He's fine. Everything is fine.

But in 1990, an Eastern Airlines employee named Charles Beattie sued Trump after being fired from the company once Trump purchased it and renamed it Trump Shuttle, The Washington Post discovered. During that lawsuit, Beattie repeatedly called Trump "The Donald": "The Donald is reputed to be a very rich man," as one example.

Trump's lawyers responded with a filing that took issue with Beattie's usage, claiming "there is absolutely no basis for plaintiff to create a circus atmosphere in this Court by referring to Mr. Trump as 'The Donald'…Such allegations, which make Mr. Trump appear as a caricature of cartoon-like proportions, are simply unnecessary." Another filing revealed that being called "The Donald" made Trump "uncomfortable."

In the 2016 election, some have argued that Trump is "thin-skinned," a case that appears to only be supported by his strong adversity to his nickname. Nevertheless, Trump has maintained he has "very strong, very thick skin." Jeva Lange

October 7, 2015

Nicki Minaj is known for calling people out — despite the press blitz that arises whenever she picks a fight with her fellow pop stars. But while Minaj goes ahead and clarifies why she went after Miley Cyrus at the VMAs in her latest interview with The New York Times Magazine, a much more revealing feud — one that says a lot about the state of entertainment media today — arises.

Here's how it unfolds: the Times' Vanessa Grigoridis is struggling to get Minaj to answer questions when she dips into asking about a beef between Minaj's boyfriend, Meek Mill, and Drake, Lil' Wayne, and Bryan Williams. Minaj replies: "They're men, grown-ass men, it's between them."

Grigoridis asks, "Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness—"

That's the end of the interview:

"What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama?" she asked. "Why would you even say that? That's so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you're asking me do I thrive off drama?"

She pointed my way, her extended arm all I could see other than the diamonds glinting in her ears. This wasn't over yet. "That's the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?" she asked. "Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don't. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?" [The New York Times]

"To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they're children and I'm responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that's not just a stupid question. That's a premeditated thing you just did," Minaj added. She finished by telling Grigoridis, "I don't care to speak to you anymore."

Another feud, or a fair point about how women are covered in the media? Read it all in The New York Times Magazine. Jeva Lange

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