American Idol never sees controversy between it’s contestants the way it does between it’s judges. Recently, new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have been in the news for their feuding–but now a new rivalry has sparked between Nicki and former judge Steven Tyler.
After a statement Tyler made to MTV regarding Nicki’s talent for judging, Nicki went on a Twitter rampage labeling the Aerosmith singer a racist. Tyler’s original comments were:
“I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel, [and] it shouldn’t be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie.’ They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by ‘entertainment’ factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight. The f— is that all about?
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; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. … 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, never one to take a criticism lying down, fired back tweeting “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,” followed by “You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go fuck yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
Today Steven’s come forward in a statement apologizing to the Freedom rapper:
“I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki, 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. Maybe I spoke out of turn, but a racist I’m not, Nicki.”