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?"
However, 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.