Nicki Minaj vs. Steven Tyler

In her last Idol spat, Nicki Minaj hurled the r-word, racist, at Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler.

After Tyler, a former American Idol judge, commented that Minaj is unable to properly judge many of the singers’ talent and would have sent folk legend Bob Dylan “to the cornfield,” Minaj took to Twitter to rebut his critique.

“You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan???” Minaj responded via Twitter. “Why? black? rapper? what? go fuck yourself and worry about yourself babe.”

She continued her rant:

“I understand you really wanted to keep your job [on Idol] but take that up with the producers,” she continued. “I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet! … That’s a racist comment … Lets make [Steven] a shirt that says ‘No Coloreds Allowed’ then escort him down 2 Barbara Walters so he can tell [her] how he was threatened w/guns.”


Tyler recently responded to Nicki’s racist jab on a Canadian entertainment show:

“I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki,” he said. “But I am the farthest from [being a racist]. I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don’t know where she got that out of me saying I’m not sure how she would’ve judged Bob Dylan.”

While Tyler may have been out of line for criticizing Minaj’s ability to judge other people’s talent before the show hits airwaves, I don’t think labeling him a racist bolstered her argument. Instead, it makes her look—yet again—like a hothead.

This tiff comes on the heels of Minaj’s well-publicized row with her American idol cast mate, Mariah Carey, in which Carey apparently said Minaj threatened to shoot her. Back then, Minaj also brought up race when she tweeted, “Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun.  ppl will believe it cuz she’s a black rapper. Lmao. I’ll then hit up Barbara n milk it.”

While Minaj’s outbursts continue to keep the glossies talking, I can’t help but think this is just what the Idol producers want: controversy.

Though some wonder why American Idol is still on the air, the addition of Nicki Minaj and her willingness to speak her mind will most likely bode well for ratings.

*Photo: US Weekly magazine

  • EL

    Oh so now she cares about her race all of a sudden? She seriously needs a reality check when she disses her own race and puts us Black women down.

  • Mina

    Yeah her 15 mins are up. How you going to label someone racist because they don’t agree with what you say or have an unsavory opinion about you? I can’t see Nicki Minaj being a good judge of talent either because she doesn’t have much talent. She can rap ABC baby songs and occasionally sing autotuned, techno pop songs but that doesn’t take much talent at all. American Idol hasn’t been the same since Jordan Sparks won. I like she has amazing talent but all the AI’s after her just lack talent. They give me a headache. I don’t even watch that crappy show anymore. Definitely should have picked Jessica Sanchez or Joshua instead of Philip Phillips smh. I’m like so tired of some female judges on these singing shows in general. I think the Voice is ok, but I dislike Christina! The X-Factor would be better without Britney. I like Demi though but it just seems kind of unnatural when she’s judging…and I’m tired of seeing Disney stars judging singing competition shows anyway. Mariah should be on AI though but not Nicki. At least Mariah DOES have some talent. But the diva attitude of both her and Nicki is just no bueno to me.

  • FFT

    When I heard about his comment, I immediately assumed he was referring to the episode of The Twilight Zone, implying that she’s a petulant, controlling child like the boy in the episode, who sent people to the corn field whenever they disagreed with/annoyed him.

    Also, please explain to me why she has so much money but such bad looking lace wigs???

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