Mariah Carey’s now infamous beef with Nicki Minaj is so 2012, but that didn’t stop Barbara Walters from asking the pop diva about the row during last night’s Nightline interview.
Carey and Minaj’s issue stemmed from a tense incident where Nicki cursed out Mariah while the two were filming pre-qualifications for American Idol. During the heated exchange, Carey claims Minaj threatened to shoot her, an accusation Nicki vehemently denies.
But that’s all water under the bridge, or so we thought.
In October, TMZ released a video of a heated argument between the two divas during an audition in North Carolina. After the cameras were off, Carey claims others heard Minaj take it even further and say, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch,” as Walters reported on her daytime talk show, “The View.”
“It felt like an unsafe work environment,” Carey said. “Anytime anybody’s reeling threats at somebody, you know, it’s not appropriate. I’m a professional. I’m not used to that type of environment.”
As a result, Carey said she hired more security.
“I just felt it was the appropriate thing to do,” she said. “Sitting there on the road with two babies, I’m not going to take any chances.”
I find Mariah’s assertion that she’s “not used to that type of environment” interesting.
Despite beginning as an All-American pop princess, in the mid-90s Carey reinvented herself and began highlighting her black roots, working with a slew of rappers from Ol Dirty Bastard and Mobb Deep, to longtime collaborators Jermaine DuPri and Da Brat. I don’t buy Mariah’s attempt to feign innocence while making Nicki–who can’t conveniently pass for a white woman–dangerous.
But according to Mariah–who claimed to not know that Nicki sung on her records, telling Walters, “I thought she rapped. Or whatever”—she hopes the pre-season kerfuffle will be good for the show.
“For all the drama, I hope it helps the show.” She added, “I think it’s a classic, classy show and it didn’t need this.”
But with competitors like The Voice and the X Factor gaining in popularity, I think it did.