Already having snatched the Queerties Celebrity Beef of the Year trophy, Nicki Minaj is serving sirloin on the set of American Idol. After getting into it with diva extraordinaire Mariah Carey, Nicki has locked horns with fellow judge and walking scarecrow Steven Tyler.
Nicki labeled Tyler a racist after he criticized the diva draaammmaaaaaa going on during the Idol auditions in an interview with MTV:
“I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel, [and] it shouldn’t be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie. 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?
“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. 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.”
That Bob Dylan comment really set Minaj off, prompting the raptress to go on a Twitter tirade:
“You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f— yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
“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.”
Tyler later apologized if he “spoke out of turn” saying that he’s “the farthest” from being racist. But he didn’t have to. It wasn’t a racist comment, it was a comment on Nicki Minaj’ taste. Which, let’s be real, is suspect. [see: everything she's ever worn]
And also a comment on the fact that she’s kind of a jerk on America Idol. Minaj is relatively new on the scene yet here she is throwing shade at these veterans when in fact she should just take a seat and show some goddamn respect. Mariah Carey has literally sold a billion records and Steven Tyler is literally a thousand years old. Show some respect and also show some receipts for all that sass. ‘Cause we’re not buying it.
Besides, Bob Dylan would never make it in today’s market. Highway 61 wouldn’t even be visited in the first place.