Steven Tyler and Nicki Minaj are still at it, the war of the words continue even though Tyler attempts to make peace. The ex-judge of “American Idol” said that he was sorry for his part in the verbal war– it was a partial apology, but it’s the thought that counts, right? Wednesday news headlines read that Steven Tyler has apologized, it would be more accurate to say that he has clarified his words, and declared that he is not racist:
“I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist.”
Originally Steven Tyler had chastised Nicki Minaj for her poor attitude on “American Idol” and accused her of not knowing how to judge talent. Nicki Minaj shot back that Steven Tyler was a racist, quipping:
“Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet! 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. You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
Tyler ignored the vulgarity and focused on the accusation. Clearly confused as to why Minaj called him racist, Steven Tyler semi-apologized for the comment:
“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.’”
Anyone that has watched Tyler for more than five minutes know that Tyler is all about peace and good feelings. Tyler is also outspoken and speaks his mind. Tyler’s words may have sounded hurtful, but they were spoken from the point of view that Minaj and Mariah Carey are going at each other and not focusing on the young talent before the judges table.
Tyler’s original comments to Nicki Minaj according to Huffington Post on Monday, makes it clear why he is speaking up:
“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,'” he said. “… It needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight.”
In some families that apology would be thrown out as insincere, however Tyler’s words were true except for the hypothetical cornfield remark. We are fairly certain that Nicki Minaj would recognize Bob Dylan’s talent. Tyler’s words did underscore the truth, talent is being ignored for ratings and the show has not even been aired yet.
We agree with Steven Tyler, we wish all the drama was focused on the talent that is auditioning for the show and not focused on the judges. What started as a great talent show focusing on new faces, has become a great talent show – with focus more on the show’s judges than on the upcoming talent.