Steven Tyler, the outspoken frontman for the legendary rock band Aerosmith, quickly attempted to set matters straight by way of Canada with regard to some comments he made during an MTV interview. And getting right to the heart of it, he addressed current judge on “American Idol” Nicki Minaj directly, insisting that he was no racist.
“No, it was a moment,” he told Canadian talk show “eTalk.” “I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki,” he said, looking at the camera and emphasizing the rapper’s name.
“But I’m the farthest from…” Tyler paused. “What did she say I was?”
Someone off-camera supplied Minaj’s label and he continued. “A racist. I’m the last thing on this planet as being a racist. I don’t know where she got that out of me saying I don’t know how she would have judged Bob Dylan. You know, I was just that if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would have been thrown off. Maybe I spoke out of turn.” He then looked directly at the camera again and said, “But a racist I’m not, Nicki.”
It is uncertain whether or not Minaj has been made aware of Tyler’s most recent comments, but she certainly heard (or read) about his MTV interview where he compared the new “Idol” judges to the Season 10 and 11 line-up (himself, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson), finding the current contentious atmosphere being reported not the most conducive to finding and nurturing new talent.
At one point, he built a scenario: “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 sayin.’”
Once Minaj became aware of Tyler’s remarks, she took to Twitter and went on a rant. Calling Tyler out for picking on her for his inability to deal with the “American Idol” producers about his former job, she then got kind of side-tracked.
She posted that Tyler made a “racist comment.” She followed with: “You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
It is as yet unclear why Minaj thought Tyler’s comment was racist in content.
But Minaj has been known to take her fights to Twitter before. Just after she joined the “American Idol” judges panel and a little dust-up occurred between her and Mariah Carey at the Charlotte auditions, Minaj was soon on Twitter defending herself and referring to Carey as “Shady McGrady.”
Minaj has also had a Twitter war with rapper Lil Kim and a minor skirmish with rapper/singer Azealia Banks.