By Jacob Wittich
ONLY TWO MONTHS INTO HER NEW GIG AND HIP HOP STAR Nicki Minaj has already detonated two of American Idol‘s loudest controversies.
Just as talk of the feud between current Idol judges Minaj and Mariah Carey has subsided, former judge Steven Tyler revived the drama by adding his own two cents about the clash — which resulted in Minaj accusing him of being ‘racist.’
In an interview with MTV News, Tyler says of the new judges, “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—k up and just give them your opinion.’”
Tyler then advised that the judges shift their attention away from bickering and onto the talent show’s contestants. “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,” Tyler told MTV News. “It needs to be judged by people that [act] honest and true that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight.”
Tyler then directly criticized Minaj’s abilities to judge. “If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have sent him 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.”
The hot-headed Minaj was obviously offended, and in true diva fashion, took to Twitter to chastise Tyler.
“Steven Tyler said that I would have sent Bob Dylan to the cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. 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.”
Minaj’s Twitter rampage didn’t end there, however. She then referenced Carey’s infamous interview with Barbara Walters in which she accused Minaj of threatening her with a gun. Minaj wrote, “LOL lets make him a shirt that says “No Coloreds Allowed” then escort him down to Barbara Walters so he can tell her how he was threatened w/guns.”
She concluded her rant by finding irony in the situation, writing, “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.”
As of now, neither Tyler nor Fox has commented on the matter.
Do you think that Tyler crossed a line with his comments?
Season 12 of Idol debuts on January 16th on Fox, and this seems that it won’t be the last dramatic exchange over judging.