Nicki Minaj fumes over "Idol" judge Steven Tyler's 'racist comment'

Nicki Minaj makes face at the camera, posing with Ryan Seacrest and Mariah Carey

Notoriously outspoken Nicki Minaj is at it again this week on her Twitter page, this time lashing out at former “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler for what she feels were racist comments. This is not the first time Minaj has reportedly had problems with coworkers on the Idol set since the announcement that she would join the judging panel back in September. Minaj and fellow Judge Mariah Carey reportedly have a lot of tension swirling back stage, and Carey even reported that Minaj had threatened to “shoot her” during one such argument.

This time, Minaj is directing her fury at Steven Tyler, but are her harsh Twitter comments warranted in this situation? Let’s see.

In an interview with MTV news, Tyler used colorful words as he commented on the feuding Mariah Carey and Nickey Minaj relationship by saying “Shut the f--- up. 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?"

Steven Tyler smiling at cameraHowever, the thing that rubbed Minaj the wrong way and spurred her to call Tyler’s comments “racist”, came when Tyler went on to say that “If Bob Dylan auditioned for the judges today, Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield.” Yikes, we hope Tyler has some good reps working on damage control after that one, that is a harsh statement coming from a judge who has not seen Minaj perform in her new role yet.

Minaj fired back at Tyler’s comments on her Twitter page by saying, "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--k yourself and worry about yourself babe."

Maybe both should take a breather from the bickering and cool down for a bit. While all this drama is sure to pique the interest of “Idol” fans, it is neither professional nor is it flattering to either singer’s reputations. Their PR teams have a lot of drama on their hands to deal with, that’s for sure. If you want to tune in to “Idol” to see if all the backstage drama reveals itself on television, it debuts on Fox on January 16th.

- Mariah Carey
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- Nicki Minaj
- American Idol

Written by: harrisr
Nov 27th, 2012, 5:37 am


Message Posted On Nov 29th, 2012, 7:31 am
Above all other things, she forgot a comma, at the end of the sentence! What the f--k grammar nazism!(?!) -- [...] go f--k yourself and worry about yourself -->[,]<-- babe." -- SIC!(!!)

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Message Posted On Nov 28th, 2012, 7:06 pm

I thought it was a Children of the Corn reference.


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Message Posted On Nov 28th, 2012, 4:28 am

Who cares if she's qualified, the kids love her and she's hot, that's the only thing that matters here....durp.


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Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2012, 12:32 pm

Writer here! I love the discussion over this. It is true, I have not seen The Twilight Zone, it was a bit before my time... Now that I see you all writing about the reference though I wish I would have known before writing the article! Definitely gives a different spin on things!


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Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2012, 7:57 am

Your title implies that Steven TYler made a racist comment.  It should read somethign like Nicki Minaj says Steven Tyler's slam of judges was racist. 


Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2012, 7:48 am
WOW. Sounds to me like she's just proving his point(s) -- she's not qualified to judge a talent contest, and all she does is fight...

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Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2012, 7:13 am

Also, she seems to think that it was racist of him to think that she wouldn't appreciate Bob Dylan when that's not particularly racist at all.  They come from different styles of music and IF he's never seen her judge a contestant before, but has heard her music, he just probably made an assumption on the types of musical differences they have.  BUT, that's a lot of supposing.  He probably has seen them both judge contestants otherwise he probably wouldn't have such a strong opinion about HOW they judge.  This calling him racist bugs me because it has no merit in this particular situation and it makes her sound like she's got a hair trigger on such a serious issue.  It's like calling someone a Nazi just 'cause you're offended by some innocuous criticism they have on your behavior.  His statement could've been made about anyone and if she was Jewish, she would've accused him of being anti-Semitic.  This whole beef and misunderstanding seems to be based on a generational gap since she probably didn't grow up with and understand the Twilight Zone reference and him holding Bob Dylan in a much higher regard than the newer popular "idol" model that's exalted on these types of shows.


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Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2012, 6:59 am

Bingo.  Totally a Twilight Zone reference.  She interpreted it, as you can tell by her quote, that he said "a cornfield" as in some general cornfield, but he said "the cornfield" which is a subtle difference for someone who hasn't seen The Twilight Zone, but it's exact when you have seen it and there's no mistaking the reference since the expression was said over and over in that episode.  The writer of this, Rachel Anne, also sounds like she's never seen that Twilight Zone episode before, one of the most memorable in history with a young Billy Mumy.



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Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2012, 5:56 am

I won't deny that Steven Tyler often says stupid things, but I have no clue what Minaj is calling racist here. That statement sounds to me like Tyler is simply saying she's unfit to judge talent. That's his opinion, and I can't see anything racist in what he said. And the whole "cornfield" phrasing is just an obvious Twilight Zone reference to the little kid that would wish people he didn't like into the corn. Minaj is the one bringing race in to it.

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