Steven Tyler apologizes to everyone for Nicki Minaj misunderstanding his comments about her ineptitude as an American Idol judge to be racist. The Aerosmith front man left Idol along with fellow judge Jennifer Lopez to refocus on music. During an interview on a Canadian entertainment show eTalk, Tyler made it clear he was anything but a racist.
“I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki, but I am the farthest from (being a racist). I am 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’ve judged Bob Dylan.”
Nicki Minaj has called Tyler (Aerosmith’s lead singer) a racist after a comment he made in an interview with MTV. Tyler quit the show last season, right before the Fox talent show announced its new lineup of judges, which included Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson.
In the interview, Tyler was discussing his time on Idol and how to be an effective mentor, stating: “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. … 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.”
While the comment was definitely a dig at the new judge lineup, Minaj took it a bit deeper, slamming Tyler for being a racist on Twitter.
Minaj started by questioning Tyler’s remark: “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 continued with an even angrier rebuttal: “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.”
Steven Tyler apologizes in video below: