File this under “Celebrity Feuds We Did Not See Coming”: Nicki Minaj called out Aerosmith frontman and former American Idol judge Steven Tyler on Twitter for making what she considered a racist remark about her.
In an interview with MTV, Tyler voiced quite a few displeased opinions regarding the new judges of A.I.:
“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 Phillip Phillips. Just 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 fuck yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
While I wouldn’t have immediately classified Tyler’s comment as racist, per se, she does have a point: why would Tyler assume Minaj would not enjoy Bob Dylan? Dylan’s a pretty likable character in music history, so I can’t imagine why Tyler would even pick him, nor Minaj, for this comment.
Continuing her tweeted rant, she suggested that he wear a “No Coloreds Allowed” shirt. Minaj also speculated that Tyler’s reason for ridiculing her is because he was called a sell out and lambasted for taking up the A.I. judge role. As of yet, Tyler has not commented on Minaj’s comments and accusations, but if there’s anything the Internet has taught me, it’s that very few celebrities can shut their mouths in response to criticism.
Final note: Is it weird that the most perplexing part of this debacle to me is that American Idol still exists?
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