Former “American Idol” judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has responded to Minaj’s claim that he’s a racist, in the classy sort of way.
Minaj claimed to take offense at comments Tyler made during an interview with MTV, in which he said Bob Dylan would likely not get far at all on "American Idol," and that his qualifications exceeded those of Minaj. The rapper inexplicably called the comment racist and launched an expletive at the Aerosmith frontman.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Minaj responded with a series of seething tweets.
“Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!,” she wrote. “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.”
She continued, “You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f**k yourself and worry about yourself babe.”
During an interview with the Canadian entertainment news program “eTalk,” Tyler spoke directly to Minaj, saying: “I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki.”
“I am the farthest from – what did she say I was? – a racist,” Tyler said in the interview. “I’m the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don’t know where she got that out of me saying I’m not sure how she would have judged Bob Dylan. I was just saying that if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would’ve been thrown off, so maybe I spoke out of turn. But a racist I am not, Nicki.”
Taking a high road on the subject rather than point out Miss Minaj's ocean of offensive lyricism, Tyler may also have been well-served to simultaneously offer a subtle suggestion that the sensationalist rapper get some mental help. Calling someone a racist because they acknowledge that Dylan, a modern legend, would not get by on the saccharine karaoke-fest of "Idol" is pure lunacy.
"Idol” returns Jan. 16 with Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban serving as new judges. Watching the show now is tantamount to setting your intellectual capacity on fire, but that's beside the point, isn't it?