Steven Tyler to Nicki Minaj: Sorry Nicki, but I'm not a racist
November 28th, 2012
04:31 PM ET

Steven Tyler to Nicki Minaj: Sorry Nicki, but I'm not a racist

With her Mariah Carey spat put aside, Nicki Minaj has stepped into the ring with a different singer once attached to the "American Idol" behemoth: Steven Tyler.

The Aerosmith frontman felt Minaj's wrath on Monday after he critiqued her judging style. Tyler told MTV that there wasn't enough "camaraderie" among the new judges, and that the "Starships" rapper would've sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield if he auditioned.

When she heard about it, Minaj fired at Tyler on Twitter: "Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet! 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."

The rapper questioned why Tyler would think she wouldn't enjoy a Dylan audition, tweeting, "why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe."

But Tyler told Canadian entertainment show eTalk that Minaj has him pegged all wrong.

"I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki," Tyler said. "But I am the farthest from 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. I was just saying that if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would've been thrown off. Maybe I spoke out of turn, but a racist I'm not, Nicki."

Filed under: American Idol judges • Celebrities

soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. tyler is aware.

    head down and keep on trucking.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jiangsu Changyu Chemical Co., Ltd

    What's up, I just wanted to tell you, I disagree. Your blog doesn't make any sense.
    Jiangsu Changyu Chemical Co., Ltd

    January 25, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. oh please

    what kinda crack head thinks a statement about bob dylan and a corn field is somehow racist.....crack head....

    December 22, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. a smart person who thinks

    Steven Tyler was merely referencing the FAMOUS twilight zone episode where the little kid wishes away anything he doesnt like into the cornfield (including other peoples music-the album the guy got as a gift) This was not a racist comment. This is the problem it's the YOUNGER generation like to run their mouths before they know what they are talking about and never consider or research anthing that happened before them (unless they are going to steal it and copy it and make it their "own") Nicki assumed that because he was referencing a white guy the comment must be racist. She is an idiot. All he was saying is she would know talent if a legend was standing in front of her because she doesn't recognize anything outside what SHE likes and and is familiar with. The very reason she MISSED the cornfield remark.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mrhapiguy

    Minaj is a weirdo. Race has nothing to do with it.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. NickPapaGeorgio

    Don't see how Tyler's comment was racist in any way.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Katie I. Columbo


    December 15, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. hollywood telephone

    went right to it.

    December 15, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. goal

    got katie last night

    December 15, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Home from skool

    shut her off-

    December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobbybullit

      the darker colored folks always seem to bring race into everything..i,for one saw nothing racist in steven tylers remarks.. i also think nikki is a man!!

      December 15, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. SilverFox

    nikki know John Peter Falk–be nice.

    December 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. catty

    Nikki, you are only going to take YOURSELF down. You don't need any help. You need an anger management class. Pretty soon, you'll have no one that likes you and that will be your downfall. You will have no support and your career will wither away as it deservedly should go. No one has any respect for you. You don't know when to shut up and just LISTEN to OTHER people. This is not your planet alone, girl!

    December 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Catty

    Who, tell me, even LIKES Minaj? She's an insecure, white-wannabe (clearly!!), manure-throwing, can-get-along-with-ANYONE MONSTER!

    December 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sorry got home at 2am--stevie wevie

    can tell me he's boss anytime....

    December 10, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. stevie wevie

    can put tell me he's boss anytime....

    December 10, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  16. rock x

    i would to steven in a heard beat–he's older then i am so he's controlled...eddie van halen is another one i love
    to do it

    December 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. Joey

    I almost want to blame it on the cultural differences between whites and blacks when people make these intentional ambiguous comments, like one side could not possible have a racist undertone and then there is a misunderstanding. Then I realize that these very intelligent men and women know actually what they are saying. Unfortunately as soon as someone from another culture with just as much wit speaks out about it, people like Tyler play stupid. "Your not a racist.........tell it on a mountain!!"

    December 9, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  18. Steven Tyler will get you

    don't be fooled by his age....because he's a leech and will never leave alone if you screw him..

    December 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Poor Dear

    Nikki is a nasty woman, a huge trouble maker and basically you too watch her like a hawk. she needs to take
    meds and leave the public that boyfriend of hers takes it we will never ever know...

    December 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jon

    Why are these two even talking about Bob Dylan. Neither of them are anywhere near the same level as Dylan.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randall

      I believe that was the point Jon. Steve is suggesting that if one of the 'gods' was in front of her, she wouldn't have a clue. Perhaps she was offended by the 'cornfield' remark as racist... But 20,000 Nebraska corn farmers would not see it that way.

      Think of it this way: he didn't suggest a watermelon field, huh? I think Steven just enjoyed the connotations of Nicki in a cornfield.

      December 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. taryne

    I wish Nicki would have some respect for the artists/judges that came before her. Especially Mariah and Steven who's made music not just for a few years, for DECADES. Sit down somewhere on your fake a** and count your blessings that you have American Idol as a job. Be humble....because you really shouldn't be on that have been in the business for a hot minute. They offered it to you because too many other celebrities turned it down. Not because of your talent my six year old daughter could do a better job rapping.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tootsie

      Nicki, life is to very short for you to be so angry at folk...enjoy your life and be respectful doing it

      December 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. cajr

    obviously tyler was refering to the twilight episode where the boy wishes people away and wishes them to the corn field.minaj is stupid and undoubtedly a racist herself. she is a rotten choice for a judge and ugly as sin. everyone who isnt black hates a loud mouthed black always spouting off with their you a racist claims. your 15 minutes will be up soon anyway.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmie

      Cajr: Jimmie couldn't agree more!

      December 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • katrina

      Shows how much you think you know cajr. I am a black woman and she gets on my last nerves. Looks like a cartoon character to me. Here is something for you to chew on: Not all blacks like the same thing. not all blacks are loud. not all blacks are racist. blacks are more than you see on tv. okay?

      December 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. I'd still stick my tongue down steven's throat

    if he had only kept that big mouth shut....

    December 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Now she told him

    agree with me about nikki being racist so we stick together...


    December 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. utah's at 2pm?


    December 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Why do nikki's hips get really

    big in the winter? anybody...could never figure that out...

    December 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Nikki's hips have gotton really wide i heard...

    stop those sundae's girl....

    December 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  28. yea and there about 4,000 jigga boo blogs

    that are totaly racist...yuck.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm just saying

      Racists have low intelligence. I am not talking IQ. I am talking day to day. When you stoop to insult another because of race–you are a sad person. blaming others for your lack of ____(fill in the blank)

      December 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. right and that jigga boo person blogger

    what a racist....have you read some of its blogs...yuck....

    December 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Minaj is the racist

    I feel sad that America gives this girl so much attention. On one hand, we have a woman that throws more race cards than she does new songs lately, and on the other we have this same woman looking like a hypocrite, using words like "chink" and phrases like "where is akbar". Even black people don't like her; just walk the streets of Memphis. Minaj is getting disowned left and right by every shade of black around here. When MLK had his dream about being judged on the content of one's character, I can only guess that Minaj wrote "Stupid Hoe" about herself in reflection.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Word UP

      Where is Willie D when you need a real black person's opinion! 5th ward! I can't wait to hear his song about Minaj. He's gonna rip her to shreds and slap the black back in her ass. How aint got no respect for herself or anyone else.

      December 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • word up from me too man...

      your so right about that nikki and she lacks self esteeem....


      December 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoe wearin dem wigs

      Maybe Willie D is clairvoyant and wrote bald headed hoes about her cuz dat hoe got some wigs fo sho.

      December 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Stop looking for loop holes

    on other peoples lives... go a make lists and fix yours...

    December 5, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. My Poor Cori...

    stop bashing look silly and jealous..

    December 5, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  33. steven tyler

    loves life too much but if your in his way a little too much he can take your head and snap it off your neck and then go shopping like nothing ever happened...weird.

    December 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • cori

      If memory serves me..didn't she say minorities (not African American) are lazy? Correct me if I am wrong but isn't that RACIST?????? HMMMMM?????

      December 5, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  34. ProperVillain

    She is just beyond dumb...
    It's called a pop culture reference Nicki. I know this stretches your rather limited brain power but do please try and understand what he is referencing before pulling the race card. And, please, stop making "music" and just go back to whatever talentless wasteland you crawled out of...

    December 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  35. pmn

    And once again another race card pulled...ding, ding, ding Nicki Minjai is the winner for the next race card. Hmmm...let's see most judge's are artists who are long standing and usually get on the show to revive a little more for upcoming albums. Isn't Nicki a little too early to be reviving a career that never was and never will be again. Oh that's right she is a copy cat rapper trying to copy a white girl in her wigs like Katy Perry or Lady Gaga. Sad no talent and no voice (all studio)= can not judge others to who can sing. I would like to high five Tyler for putting that no talent piece of trash in her place. Does not hold a candle to Mariah. Nicki can say bye bye to her career after this show.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. me me

    There goes that ghetto fab, no talent, drag queen, all plastic troll, at it again.... girl, you are not that famous and or talented chill the f*** out.... who is a project rat.... first Mariah (real talent and icon) now Steve Tyler (real talent and Icon, who's is the next person she is going to be hating on?

    December 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. 64941815443

    hey mo fo–we is neighbors

    December 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mark2

    Any slur on Nikki is not racist, it's more like an insult against drag-queens with poor make up.
    Nikki is craaaaaay.

    December 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  39. babiecakes

    i want to kiss steven tyler's pillowed lips until he can't take it and then i will control the rest....
    not by computer either.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  40. Barry

    Sorry, but they both look like a couple of circus oddities. What planet are these "artists" from, anyhow. BTW, Whenever I hear someone claiming to NOT be a racist, the red lights usually start flashing. Just saying.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      No, the red lights are on when people don't respond after being called a racists. I think the term "racist" is used way to loosely these days.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Win what

    call me babe–

    December 2, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  42. Bill

    That's one ugly cow

    December 2, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  43. Joel Dionne

    Well, if you can't win an argument, theres always the race card.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  44. Dan

    nikki would you go out with me...i don't have a big ding dong but i know a whole darn bunch about computers.

    December 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  45. its a wonderful

    obsession....nikki is hot ....

    December 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  46. babe

    bah ram ewe!

    December 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  47. tired

    soooooo tired of the race card being used. it is happening more and more. It has become a boring obsession. Come up with something new.
    Nikki is ugly with her clown wigs, to much makeup, and sorry ass singing. How she made it is so beyond me. We have truly lowered our standards when it comes to some singers.

    December 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  48. KajinPL

    This really shows the intelligence of Nicki Minaj. Tyler said 'Corn', not 'Cotton'. *sigh* I wouldn't let Nicki judge a canine frisbee contest.

    December 1, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  49. boy are you right VLadT

    she is stupid isn't she....i love Steven Tyler..he's my rock fantasy.

    December 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  50. VladT

    She is too young ( and stupid, bad singer, ugly, etc ) to remember that it was Aerosmith and Run DMC to make one of the first and monumental rap/rock collaborations at the time.

    I suppose Steven Tyler only did it out of his racist guilt?

    December 1, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  51. What

    Ever thought the cornfield reference was to Bob dylan..... He is from Minesota ...

    December 1, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  52. eddie

    Sorry Nikki, Steven Tyler was making rap videos before you were born and is one of the people who helped put hip-hop on the world-wide stage. He was a vocalist in the worlds only hip-hopera, redid roots rock reggae for the Bob Marley Tribute, and btw, the cast of judges on Idol that he was advocating was a black guy, a latino girl, and a white dude (Tyler) so you have no point.

    December 1, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      Never thought about are absolutely right. Aerosmith is awesome and Tyler's singing is amazing.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  53. stuck12

    she is fugly...steven tyler should dump her ass..

    November 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  54. albert

    She looks like a washed up cross-dresser. Steven Tyler has more class in one of his nose hairs than this piece of trash. Sorry, your 15 minutes are up, which is 14 minutes 59 seconds more than you deserved.

    November 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Agrav8td

    Bob Dylan CAN'T sing, I would have no problem sending him out to the cornfield.

    November 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slothwhisperer

      Which is why you shouldn't ever judge talent..

      December 1, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tesla

      In a lot of ways, Bob Dylan performed one of the earliest possible rap songs; or at least, rhythmic speech set over music. But I suppose someone like Minaj hasn't listened to Subterranean Homesick Blues.

      December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  56. Joe

    Ok. Everyone who thinks minaj used to be a guy raise your had. No girl can be that ugly even with fake boobs.

    November 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  57. we got it...begin timing and focus on address..


    November 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Rock

    Those 2 pictures...I thought it was Steven with that bad wig on

    November 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  59. i agree...

    steve and nicki need to scream their lungs out for a couple of nights....they'll make up....wink wink to steve.

    November 30, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  60. luvinlo

    they need to hit the sheets

    November 30, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  61. luvinlo

    i love steven tyler

    November 30, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  62. mlg4035

    Nicki Minaj is a waste of space. She doesn't know her a*s*s from her elbow! Steve Tyler a racist?
    Pull your head out of your backside, girl!

    November 30, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      Steven should not have apologized to that heifer. She has know business on American Idol, judging anyone. First, she needs to have talent.

      November 30, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Agrav8td

      Lynda, these days people are famous for nothing.

      November 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  63. cynic

    She is trying soooooo hard not to look black yet calls someone racist. Here is a dollar, go buy a clue freakshow

    November 30, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  64. hekillshe

    looks like someone mixed up the corn field and the cotton field.....

    November 30, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  65. 4lo

    That Tyler dude don't look like no lady,he look like yo momma.

    November 30, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  66. what's it like to be a desperado

    anybody know?

    November 30, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  67. Hippocrite

    looks like steven tyler....doesnt' she?

    November 30, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  68. Joe

    Mr.Tyler "racist"?...ummm lets see..Jams with RUN DMC...remake MARLEY TUNE...takes LENNY KRAVITZ ON TOUR WITH AEROSMITH...the list goes on and on..."NOTHIN TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF EGGS!...

    November 30, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  69. far from the truth-drdr

    hippocrite to society

    November 30, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  70. waste of information

    everyone knows

    November 30, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  71. The William

    I agree with him on Dylan even though he was putting it on her. Dylan a great writer but the man never could sing.
    As for her racist bit she needs to grow up and get her mind out of the watermellon patch because a whole lot of people are really fed up with AfAmers using the race card so often.
    Tyler made no dumb remark he spoke the truth.
    Now I will wait for the obvious backlash . . . but I'm just using her brain at this time.

    November 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillyGuy

      Why do white people keep saying that there IS a race card being played? There is no such thing as a RACE CARD. I don't agree with Minaj that Steven Tyler was being racist. He just said what he said, and just was being too closed minded.

      But to say that African Americans are always playing the race card is being absolutely dismissive, so that america never has to really deal with real issues of discrimination that occurs to people of color. That's not a race card, that's reality.

      No? Tell you what, the next time a Jew accuses someone of being anti-semitic, let's see if you tell THEM that they're playing the race card, the way you just said you're tired of AA's using it! Pretty sure you wouldn't. If Jews say it happened to them, then it's an atrocity, like with Mel Gibson. African Americans say it, then you're just complaining...

      November 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • stuck 12

      steven tyler did the right thing...nicki has fat hips and eats ice cream all day long and is everyones business because has a boring life nothing is going on, she can locate her boyfriend, she has a great relationship because she has self esteem and a woman and is tell the truth. she is an example to young women however she's sloppy


      November 30, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  72. Cicadas

    Wow, she sure did take that
    the wrong way. Im sure ST couldn't
    care less what she thinks.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlg4035

      Exactly. And his apology to her just show how classy he truly is!
      Nicki Minaj is a fool!

      November 30, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  73. frankly frank

    I would do Nicki Minaj while listening to aerosmith then let her out with the dogs. Then whistle for her to come in and do her again while shaking my d@@k to sweet emotions

    November 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  74. blackcurry

    Hey Nicki! Steve Tyler has more talent in his little finger than you have in your whole, cheaply dressed, over madeup body. Stop acting like you're somebody. You're not!

    November 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  75. What Steven should have said

    Sorry Nicki, but I'm not a dum8a$$

    November 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Sarah

    Wow Minaj, please I'm begging you to just shutttt the hellllll upppppp; stop disprespecting people with 20+ years of experience and significantly more talent than you.

    November 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Why does the racist card have to be played? Nothing Steven said indicated him being a racist. He just critiqued Nicki's judging technique. She has little to no talent. Can't believe her opinion is even entertained

      November 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  77. i'm back...

    We love T yler all the way.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  78. tylerfan

    Steven Tyler is one of the most talented artist EVER and Nikki whatever her name is not very high up on smart mountain (or talent mountain either!). She is the biggest waste of a person i have seen in the industry in a very long time. Please let her fall of the would be a much better place if she did.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Margo

    She (he) or whatever is a mess and nothing but a big mouth with no talent.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Maybe and maybe not. In any regard it hasn't stopped her from becoming a multi-millionaire all the way to the bank, hate her or not.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Normal

    Minaj looks like Bozo the Clown only with no talent whatsoever. She is a studio creation; has a fat butt (not in a good way), and is dumb as a brick.

    November 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brutus

      Right on!!!

      November 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4 Gorillas

      cool man.

      November 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mario

      I have to mention I am black and with that being said when will black women learn that blonde is not a good look for them, seriously its tacky as Fu%k, thats my PSA for the day!

      November 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  81. what's on TV tonight?

    November 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Yo Mama

    That is one homely woman. The other chick is no prize either.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Unzip

    she may have thought the comment was racist that's why she went after him...i heard its done and they are moving forward.

    November 29, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  84. Plantkiller

    I believe she thought the comment was racist, not because it was about Bob Dylan, but because she didn't understand the Twilight Zone reference about the corn field.

    November 29, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • susan

      Was thinking the same thing. About the little boy that could wish people away to the cornfiled just because he wanted to. I believe it starred Billy Mummy from lost in space.There was a remake of it in the new twilight zone.

      November 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Madtown

    Dear Lord, look at that picture of Nick! Dude is hideous. Is that a mannequin?!?

    November 29, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      I like Steve Tyler but that is an awful picture of him too.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  86. steve tyler is my idol

    and so is mariah carey

    November 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  87. I loved Mariah last night

    she is one of the best singers of all time and looks amazing for her age and is so happy as as woman.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  88. Michael

    Very disappointed that Tyler even acknowledged the childish comment, let alone apologized for it. He certainly won't get a graceful response from her, that's for sure. Maybe his comment was unfair to her, but after how she responded to him, I doubt that. She was playing the race card, pure and simple, because she had nothing else to go on. There wasn't anything REMOTELY racist about what he said, and if that was his intent, he could and would have gone after Mariah as well.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • mlg4035

      Couldn't have said it any better: your comment hits the nail on the head.

      November 30, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  89. Boo

    Who the hell is this Minaj? She looks like a drag queen. And she's a moron. Love it when these no talent morons call people racist with no basis. Maybe Tyler just knows a moron when he sees one.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • texasgirl

      great answer! it's a shame American idol chose such a poor minded person to judge contestants.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael


      I think they brought her on to start up drama. It's not about having her there for talent, it's about ratings, an area where Idol has been failing lately. She is extremely disrespectful to her elders, first Mariah and now Steven. If he was wrong about her, she could have proven that with a gracious response, but her words just point to him being right about her.

      She is loudly seeking attention and nothing else, and hopefully she will burn so many bridges that we'll never hear from her again after a few years.

      November 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  90. Steven Tyler has another girlfriend...

    is she in the music industry?

    November 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  91. Her esteeem needs work

    nobody listenss to her anyway–

    November 29, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      LOL! Millions listen to her. She's not my cup of tea either, but I'm not gonna make blanket statements that aren't true. Sorry, but Minaj has a big following. Just because she's not on your radio station, doesn't mean no one is listening to her.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlg4035

      My 12 year-old daughter listens to her. Just goes to show you her(Minaj's) level of sophistication! LOL!

      November 30, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  92. nikki

    has a couple of good songs...but she needs to chill out

    November 29, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  93. Patrick

    Deal with it Nikki! Just because someone says a black person is WRONG about something, and they can be wrong, that doesn't mean it's a racist remark. Stop playing the race card and using it as a shield to deflect criticism that is true.

    As much as I find Tyler to be annoying at times , he's right this time. Minaj has not been in the business long enough to be a good spotter of talent. How can she be? She has NO TALENT herself! How is someone who's true voice is buried so deep under layers of AUTO TUNE going to judge singing talent ??? What's next a panel of blind judges for beauty pageants? Her only talent seems to be shaking her oversized bag of cellulite a.k.a. Her ASS!

    Tyler is right ! If Dylan. Or Springsteen auditioned for AMERICAN IDOL she would reject them. They probably wouldn't be good looking enough, or they don't play dance music or hip hop. Get a clue Nikki ... AND GET OVER YOURSELF TOO! You're the one who brought race into it, and you did it to cover the FACT that you were wrong.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • burps

      You are exactly right. Nikki is so extremely insecure that it's sad to watch her fight with every single person that she encounters. She needs to get out of the business if she can't handle something so insignificant.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • burps

      One more thing... Usually when people throw the race card around as much as Nikki does, they are usually the ones who are the racist.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      I agree with everything except the "Nikki has no talent part" She actually has ana amazing voice and she showcases it on so much of her music. She does also rep and maybe that's what you've heard. Either way, the sound of her natural voice could probably be mistaken for autotune... she sounds chipmunk-y

      November 29, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Stephanie , if that is her natural voice then she must be a robot. She sure sounds like one. When you use that much auto tune on an artist it's to cover the fact that she is low on talent and ability. The same goes for Britney, and a lot of these teen stars who are actors who want to sing too.
      There's no talent in minaj . Her lyrics are lame, put to a computer generated back beat that someone else made for her. It's sad but she isn't the most musically talented person on her own record. That person would be the producer who works the mixing board and keeps the auto tune working.

      November 29, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Patrick is exactly right, good ear. I use melodyne on enough folks to know it when I hear it. Even when it's done very well, it is not transparent sonically so there is still evidence of it's use. And Nicki's wasn't really that good – I know what it's like to polish turds with autotune and sometimes you know going in you will reach a point where you must settle. What kills me is this sort of thing used to be reserved for the aspiring 'artist', now it's on the bigger names. Saw her spat with Mariah, now this racist nonsense? If Idol is trying to drum up some kind of controversy for ratings with her then they're failing miserably, this has reaffirmed my decision not to watch over-rated, under-talented wannabe's parade around to accolades while you could check in at any college of music in the US or world and find literally thousands and thousands of men and women shining brilliantly as they perform as many forms of music as there are. Fyi for those who may have the wrong impression about what happens at these schools – university music colleges are not all about 'classical music,' they're there to expand the understanding of what music is and to explore the boundaries of what music can be. There is nothing original about anything that has come out of Idol from day one (even if I do think some of the artists do have solid talent, they're not doing anything with it worthy of recognition. Potential is not enough, that's the easy part and every artist knows this. Years of practice and study (on your own or with training) is what gets someone where they want to go, and pretty much every contestant I've seen on these shows just wants to win a pseudo talent show and skip the becoming a real artist part. Didn't expect to rant, but once I started exploring my thoughts just realized this is what I see and why it bothers me so much. Swear I'm no snob, though I'm sure many will see this post as being crazy snobbish. I could not even begin to describe how many kinds of music I've been fortunate enough to have been exposed to and loved from all over the world and from many different times in history, but there is a minimum standard of craft needed to impress, and I've yet to see an Idol performance or anything Nicki's done to warrant interest. Man I sound like a hater! But I stand my assessment.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Nikki speaks her mind good for her...

    unfortunatly it was to steven tyler...not a good move...ha.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  95. i love me...

    and last night was the best night ever.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  96. i'm going to talk about

    the real mariah carey and how wonder she sang last night, and all the wonderful people who made this show possible.
    all the happiness and love expressed between people last night was amazing..ny pulled together with their loving spirit and fun.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  97. i'm going to talk about my fun life

    alll day long today because i'm attractive and i have a great life and i'm going to talk about singing and dancing and clothing and makup alllllllllllllllllll freekin day long

    November 29, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  98. uhh...

    either stalked other websites or something drove thru

    November 29, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  99. T

    Interesting Twilight Zone reference.....

    November 29, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • firenze

      Exactly! That's the first thing I thought of, too. I'm not sure if Nicki Minaj would be aware of a 1960's television show (perhaps – I'm younger than she and I am) but I'm sure Steven Tyler's generation is.

      November 29, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  100. Marci Hopkins

    American Idol is my favorite show and Nikki is going to ruin it!. I was dissapointed when I heard she was going to be a judge and now with all I have heard in the media since has confirmed she will be the worst. Of course she made this about racism. Get a grip Nikki and stop being such a diva. I hate your music and you offer nothing positive to anyone...

    November 29, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  101. Nicki

    is higher level then she is–

    November 29, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  102. any comments that are racist from desperado

    xerox and fax to cnn...don't hit report abuse...because desperado may have that not do that anymore
    fax all nicki directly to cnn. just did a quick monitor

    she's a desperado remember? last night was to u in p.m.

    November 29, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  103. Steven Tyler

    is a cool too.

    November 29, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  104. Good Move Nicki!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Start an argument with Steven Tyler....he'll chew you up and spit you out in 2 seconds.....go ahead nicki
    push tyler's

    November 29, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |

    Steve Tyler = icon; Nicki Minaj = speck of dirt on the road.....

    November 29, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  106. get into fight with steven tyler nicki!!!!


    November 29, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  107. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    The fact that she so readily plays the race card says ALOT about her own racial prejudices.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Look who's talkig

      You're not worthy of kissin this girl's expensive a$$.

      November 29, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • yes and the tiumphtheinsultcomicdog

      is an expert on the race card.

      November 29, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      @Look who's talking: I wouldn't lower myself to the level of an a$$ kisser anyway. I bet you do it on a regular basis though. @yes and: I may not be an expert on the race card, but I am an expert at psychology. Her remarks are VERY revealing in that regard.

      November 29, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • jennygirl

      very true. nikki appears to be the racist.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  108. Karen Saysit

    Your right Mark , Steven said nothing about race....Nicki, Micki, whatever I am a senior and I love and you are not on the big globe as far as I am concerned...You are starting trouble with people, that have been around and worked hard for many years.You need to strive for the TEST OF TIME...that tells you your a real performer...Steven Tyler and Mirah Carey that is a test of time and I bet they can not wait to be a BETTY WHITE, that is a real true test of time and continued test of always kindness and respect for people...Thank you for the input......

    November 29, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  109. JGN

    Well I think they are both freak shows, but I have to say I'm on Tyler's side here; how his comment on her own lack of diversity or ability to spot true musical talent could be taken as racist is unfathomable. She's got a hair trigger and if she's going to play the race card every time someone dislikes her unlikable self she's going to be in real trouble.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  110. Karen Saysit

    Steven Tyler is a great guy...He has been around and has more than proven himself....He was here to stay and he is here to stay...He always comes across kind and very thoughtful with his judging skills, regardless of the entertainer. I am a senior but I love music, I have seen Nicki M, she has not paid the dues can not dress up and dye your hair and think your this great star, the idea is to make the star shine truly....not a flash is the pan..Why do you argue so much with stars, that have been around alot longer than you and will continue to be around...Take note Nicki, knock off the CHIP....You might be liked.....that music can come and go.....Be nice,be kind and appreciate where you are...thank you

    November 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  111. diane

    I believe Minaj is a total mistake for AI..she is foul mouthed and not much talent in what I can see....but this aside..I cant, for the life of me, understand where Tyler's comment was racist or has the definition of racisim changed??

    November 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  112. kms

    God...when will this disgusting girl go away. Disrespectful and an angry idiot. Yuck.

    November 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      She's not going anywhere anytime soon. If you plan to watch Idol, you'll see her all winter! Why don't all you people who are so deeply offended at the sight of Minaj write the Idol producers and rant at them for hiring such a controversal and polarizing person as Nikki Minaj? The producers hired her for controversy – period. They think a train wreck is what the show needs to increase it's depleted ratings/viewership. Everybody loves watching a train wreck and the producers know this.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • VladT

      After reading all the posts, starting to think that Sassysticks is either an obsesses stalker, leader of the Minaj fan club, or possibly Nicki herself. (Or perhaps all three?)

      December 1, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  113. MøD

    I'm sure he didn't mean anything by it. I think all that botox must have paralyzed her brain.

    November 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Edwina Lewis

    Tyler was raised in the '50s and'60s segregated Boston,'yea way'he could be a racist,but I don't believe that he is.Nicki Minaj is still young and wasn't even born in the U.S. Steven's no racists.

    November 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  115. pattidiane

    Steven Forever...HARDLY a wuss!! Nicki WHO? You'll have your 15 mins...Steven will be here when you are soooo
    long gone. And everything that Mark said...Nicki, you make a ruckus to distract from your lack of talent. Sad.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Ben

    Tyler, you big wuss, you said it, so own it. Who could possibly have any respect left for you? What a terrible way to end a great career...American Idol, and an apology to the likes of Nicki Minaj for something you didn't even say.

    November 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Debbie

    Nicki get over yourself. You will never be in the same class as Steven Tyler. You are the reason I won't be watching. I didn't like you before last year's superbowl show and certainly don't like you since the show. You have no respect for your audience.

    November 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Holy Crap

    My first thought when is saw the picture was, "don't tell me they are dating". Thank goodness, she just thinks he's a racist, which I do not agree with anyway. Could you imagine those two hooking up! Somebody beat those two with the ugly stick.

    November 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  119. nancy

    nicki minaj is the reason I will not be watching Idol this season.Actually – that is not true. I will not be watching idol because of nicki and mariah being hired as judges. never liked those women. have never bought their music. never will.....won't watch. the credibility of the panel has sunk lower than low by adding those 2 women to the show.

    November 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      LOL! yeah and them being black doesn't help, which is another reason you won't be watching.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Courtney

    Oh boy I'm sure Steve didn't mean any harm I'm a young black female myself and I enjoy his music he's seem like a cool guy great singer I may add. But just I can't get into the Beatles and Pink Floyd but I can dig Led zeppelin and The Rolling stones lol.

    November 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  121. John

    Can't wait until she's #86 on the list of "Top 100 Forgotten Entertainers of the 2010s."

    November 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Jjjjohnny

    "Cornfield" is a reference to "It's a Good Life", an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It is based on the 1953 short story "It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby.
    Tyler's statement had nothing to do with race.

    November 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  123. SD

    I don't feel Minaj has enough experience as an entertainer to judge. Has she heard herself?

    If I knew I could be a millionaire performing like that, I would of gone into that profession.

    Yes, lets always pull the race card when someone speaks their opinon and it is not favorable of yourself.

    Keith Urban and Mariah Carey have been around the block for a while. They deserve that right to be judges.

    Nicki, start running eventually you will catch up! I think?

    November 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeoj

      i agree 100%- instant stardom and she thinks she's on these legends level?

      November 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Okay, you have a point here, but blame the Idol producers! Start writing letters, making calls, writing blogs! Put pressure on the powers that be. Minaj will get paid big bucks no matter what your opinion is of her, nor does she care what you and I think. If you really care about the show, give the producers hell for hiring her, then boycott Idol in droves. No ratings; no show. Ranting at Minaj won't get you anywhere but get your frustration out; she'll be on the show regardless.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Joel

    It was the cornfield reference that Ms Minaj was referring to. Still pretty thin.

    Say what you want about Nicki Minaj, but Tyler hasn't been relevant since Armageddon.

    Also, he's right – Dylan would get kicked off AI – because he can't sing. He's a song writer. His most successful songs were sung by other artists.


    November 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Dave

    American Idol has been banned from our home. It was banned immediately once we found out she was hired as a judge. I've been a fan since the first season. Not anymore. Niki Minaj is trash.

    November 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  126. kevin

    Nicki is the most untalented piece of trash to ever walk the face of the planet.It's time for her to disappear.I don't see how she got to be a judge on "Idol".I think Lady Gaga or Eminem would have been a way better choice.

    November 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Ask Lithgow why he hired her. Whining on a forum isn't going to get rid of her.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Evel Knievel

    I bet she wouldn't kick Kool-aid off the show.

    November 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      or crack

      November 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeoj

      super racist but great execution on the funnies!!

      November 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale B.

      What no wrestling on your 50'screen in 55'trailer living room?So you decided to chew some Copenhagen and come here with a little(very little)humor right.

      November 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  128. mark

    It's Nicki who's the racist here. Steven didn't say one thing about her race. She was the one who said "Black?" She has a racist mind to think that's what Steven meant. Oh and just to add, she can't sing, can't dance, can't perform... no talent except to look good in photos (most anyway)

    November 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Nikki "looks good"??? uh sorry she looks like a plastic mannequin. I suppose if you are into that sort of thing.....

      November 29, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |

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