Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has responded to the accusations of racism by New American Idol judge Nicki Minaj in a video clip below. After Tyler recently made comments about the new judges on American Idol, Minaj responded with her opinion of what he had said, going as far as to accuse Tyler of racism. Tyler originally was asked about the ‘feud’ btween Mariah Carey and Minaj and responded, “I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel — it shouldn’t be that, it should be just the opposite. They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie.’”
He continued, “They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be judged by people (who are) honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight — the fuck is that all about? You just have to give your opinion. It wasn’t hard for me, but I would imagine it’s hard for some people. They need a manager to say, ‘Shut the fuck up, and just give them your opinion.”
“These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere, and they’re in New York City — they’re scared to death!” Tyler said. “ 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.”
That prompted the following tweets by Minaj: “When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge.”
“You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go fuck yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
“I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers,” she wrote. “I haven’t done anything to you. That’s a racist comment.”
“LOL lets make him a shirt that says ‘No Coloreds Allowed’ then escort him down 2 Barbara Walters so he can tell how he was threatened w/guns”
On Canada’s etalk, Tyler said: “I apologize it was taken wrong, Nicki. I’m the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist,” Tyler said. “I don’t know where she got that out of me saying, ‘I’m not sure how she would have judged Bob Dylan.’ I was just saying that if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would’ve been thrown off. Maybe I spoke out of turn, but a racist I’m not, Nicki.” We’ll see if Nikki responds.