Nicki Minaj Blasts Former ‘American Idol’ Judge Steven Tyler for Making ‘Racist Comment’

Nicki Minaj is taking aim at Steven Tyler for making what she felt was a “racist comment” about her abilities to judge contestants on American Idol.

The comment was made during an interview with MTV News (via Billboard), in which Tyler suggested that Minaj, who joins Idol in January, would have sent Bob Dylan “to the cornfield” had he auditioned in front of her.

“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 tweeted.

“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. You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f–k yourself and worry about yourself babe,” she continued.

Tyler, who left American Idol in July after two seasons with the top-rated FOX program, was initially commenting on the now-infamous feud between Minaj and Mariah Carey, who were videotaped going at it during a season 12 audition in North Carolina.

Reflecting on the video, leaked to TMZ in October, Tyler said he wanted Minaj and Carey to “Shut the f— up,” adding, “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?”

American Idol season 12 premieres Jan. 16.

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