Conspiracy theorists unite!

After a Twitter feud between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj over the MTV Video Music Awards that swallowed the Internet for a few days this summer, the two superstars just so happened to collaborate in the first few minutes of the show, where Swift made a surprise appearance during Minaj’s opening number.

Minaj started solo with her latest single “The Night Is Still Young.” She made her way to the middle of the audience, when all of a sudden, Swift magically appeared on the stage to join in. The audience started screaming as Swift walked toward Minaj, and the song then segued into the two singing Swift’s “Bad Blood.” It all ended with a giant hug. And all is forgiven! Hmmm… so this is all quite a coincidence. Was it planned?

If you missed it, right after the nominations were announced, Minaj tweeted about the double standard of MTV snubbing her “Anaconda” video for a Video of the Year nomination. “When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination,” she tweeted, adding: “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”

Naturally, Swift (who featured very slim supermodels in her “Bad Blood” video, which racked up the most nominations of anyone) took offense. “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot,” she tweeted.

Cue Twitter being set on fire as many, many people told Swift that Minaj was making a larger point about black women in music. “Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this,” Minaj replied. “Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.”

Anyway, it’s time to bring on the truthers who believe that there’s no way this is genuine — which wasn’t exactly helped by presenter Britney Spears robotically beaming on stage after the performance. “That is an instant VMA classic performance!” she said.

“Taylor just jumped on stage with Nicki Minaj,” the VMA voice-over announcer gushed. “What other girl beef will be resolved on our stage tonight?”

Wow. Here are some of the few who believe this was all staged:

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