Former “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler has stepped forward to clear the air on comments he made earlier in the week which sparked negative a reaction from current panelist Nicki Minaj.
Rather than try to justify his remarks, the Aerosmith head apologized to Nicki.
“I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki,” Tyler said in an interview. “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 have judged Bob Dylan. … Maybe I spoke out of turn — but a racist I’m not, Nicki.” (eTalk)
Earlier in the week, Nicki hopped on Twitter and lashed out at the music icon.
“Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!,” Nicki tweeted November 26th.
“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*ck yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
“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”
“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.” (Nicki Minaj’s Twitter)
Nicki’s reaction came hours after Tyler downed her judging skills.
“You just have to give your opinion. It wasn’t hard for me, but I would imagine it’s hard for some people, and they need a manager to say ‘Shut the f— up, and just give them your opinion,’ ” Tyler said. “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 [‘American Idol’ winner] Phillip Phillips. Just saying.” (MTV)
Recently, TLC’s T-Boz also had some choice words for Minaj and her role on “American Idol.”
T-Boz doesn’t believe in holding back with her opinions, and she recently sat down with This is Max in London to express her dismay about Nicki Minaj being an American Idol judge. “Just because you’re on TV gyrating and boning and sucking p*nises, it’s not talent, honey. Maybe in the porn industry, but over here, we entertain. I don’t respect half [of] the people I’ve seen lately. How the hell is she gon’ tell me what I should be doing when her azz can’t even sing. Why is she there? And then…now they’ve got rappers that don’t even sing judging? So, this is totally based off of popularity I guess. I mean, to each their own. Get your money, honey. All I’m saying is, I will never watch [your] shows again. (Miss Jia)