The videotaped argument between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj has Nick Cannon standing up for his wife and downplaying the incident as theatrics. The word spar in which Minaj can be heard calling Carey a bitch took place during a recent taping of American Idol and has since gone viral on the web.
“My wife is the strongest and classiest woman that I’ve ever met,” Cannon said in an interview with Access Hollywood. “If you watch the video, she just maintains her composure. … I don’t think she’s moved by the theatrics and pageantry of it all. She signed up to do a job to help young people. … This is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes, about the catfights. The show is solely about a singing competition. That’s why America loves these shows, they want to see people reach a certain goal or win … and then to make it about something it’s not, [it] kind of shows that the producers and the network are losing their foot a little bit.”
Minaj nor Carey have issued a formal statement about the incident. Cannon said he thought his wife was not too upset about the situation and that she was focused on her family when she called him after the incident. Carey is genuinely interested in finding and fostering young talent, Cannon said.
“When you think about what the show is actually about and represents … I feel like it’s taking away from the quality of what ‘Idol’ is all about,” Cannon said of all the attention the fight is getting. “This is about people accomplishing their dreams, experts guiding these young people to do what they’ve done.
In the video, Minaj is making the most fuss, showing a blatant lack of respect for megastar Carey (who can actually sing). Carey’s fans, however, are ready for battle. Tweeted on fan: ”Ya know, we’re called lambs, but we will turn into WOLVES to defend Mariah. You seriously can’t come for her. You just can’t. You can’t win.”Another added: ”These Nicki fans are PATHETIC! Um, LOOK at your idol! PLASTIC. FAKE. B*TCH. Ya’ll need some RESPECT for a LEGEND!”.
Minaj has garnered equally fierce support. “I support you!!! Working next to Mariah must be STRESSING,” tweeted one fan. Another mirrored the sentiment: ”I Support And Respect Anything You Do. I Adore You Unconditionally.”