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.”
“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