The American Idol chatter has gotten louder after Nicki Minaj responded to Steven Tyler’s remarks about her judgeship. The rapper took to Twitter to blast the Aerosmith frontman and former Idol judge.
When asked about his take on the upcoming season of Idol, Tyler offered his take on the conflicts at the judge table, which he called a distraction to the talent and mission of the show.
“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 told MTV News. “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.”
It didn’t take long for Minaj to respond to the remaks. She sent out a series of tweets to her 15 million followers.
“I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers,” she wrote. “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*** yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
Minaj’s co-judge Mariah Carey also was caught in the crossfire, as Minaj referenced the feud between them that sent Carey to Barbara Walters with a story about guns and threats.
“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,” she tweeted.
--E. Parker, CBS Local