Nicki Minaj Slams Steven Tyler, "Racist" Comment

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Her feud with one American Idol judge on pause, Nicki Minaj has moved on to a former American Idol judge.

In an interview over the weekend with MTV News, Steven Tyler was asked for his take on the American Idol Season 12 judging panel - and he held little back in his response.

After first mocking the Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey mess, Tyler said of the former:

"If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield. Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying."

Nicki at the AMAs
Steven Tyler on Today

The opinion didn't sit well with Minaj.

"Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield???" she wrote on Twitter. "Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet! You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? Why? Black? Rapper? What? Go f--- yourself and worry about yourself babe.

"I understand you really wanted to keep your job, but take that up with the producers. I haven't done anything to you. That's a racist comment."

In the end, the rapper came to her own conclusion over why Tyler would say such a thing:

"When Steven first went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers and fans alike. Called a sell out So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge."

Why do we feel like we have not heard the last of this beef?

On whose side do you fall in it?


I'm not a huge fan of Steven Tyler, but that was a really INCREDIBLY FOOLISH thing for Nicki to say! Just because he criticized her 'singing' and idiotic judging ability is not racist! Why do some black people always have to say that everything against them is racist, even if it's other black people? Try doing that as an Asian- people would call you stupid. I love how our society has disgusting double standards.

Dale bachman

Why does it seem..that if anything is said offensive to a Black is being Called Racist...From our President on down...If you don't like Obama..your a Racist...If Steven Tyler thinks Nicki..can't judge..he has his right to his opinion..why is it be Racist.

Zi jones

she needs to sit back smoke some weed and get over herself


nicki, you look like a slut and act like one. lady, you were born nasty. this has nothing whatsoever to do with race. not much class around any more. we need more girls like taylor swift and i don't even like country.


Keep it up,addicted to chilling.


Keep it up,addicted to chilling.


We as black people are so damn quick to pull the race card when it so clearly not warranted. Nicking was correct in saying that Steven had never even heard her judge yet because that doesn't begin til January! So why would he even fix his mouth to say anything knowing full well of what Nicking was going to say about it. And though I thoroughly disagree withhis statement being racist, I do admit that it was a bit dissmissive and completely ignorant on his part not knowing what kind of music she listened to in the first place. How would he know what kind of judge she'd be? The whole thing does sound like sour grapes from his end if you ask me. Because while on idol he did have a very lucrative job that made him relevant again, because lets be honest he was for a long time!
And the reason he quit was because his band threatened to move on without him. So its definite sour grapes on his part. He shouldve just kept his mouth shut.


I do believe that "American Idol" is not going to last because of Nicki Minaj as the new judge. It does not surprise me. But, the only thing the producers and other people responsible for the show and chosen judges are doing is committing self-destruction.


Apparently Twlilight Zone references are racist. Who knew? What happened to not speaking when you know nothing?

Enraged baboon

How does he know she wouldn't like Bob Dylan? The comment doesn't seem _racist_... but it does seem judgemental and dismissive. Because she's a pop star who makes bubblegum rap, that means she can't appreciate other styles of music? James Hetfield from Metallica went through a huge period where all he listened to was country music. I guess that came through a bit in albums like Load and Reload... but even so, it shows you artists often--in fact, I would say always--have interests outside of the music that they actually produce. Tyler is wrong for saying what he said, and Nicki is probably right that he only said it because he had sour apples. Bit of a low blow to call it racist, though. And I'm not a Nicki Minaj fan at all, just calling this how I see it.

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Nicki Minaj rose to fame in 2010. The Trinidad and Tobago native released the album "Pink Friday" in November of 2010 and watched as it... More »
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Onika Tanya Maraj