When Having An Opinion Goes Wrong: Steven Tyler Apologizes To Nicki For “Idol” Diss

November 29, 2012  |  


We told you earlier this week about the random beef that was created between former “American Idol” judge and legendary Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and current “American Idol” judge and hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj. When asked what he thought about the new slew of judges, which includes the Nickster, Tyler commented on the fact that he didn’t think those on the panel would work to bring out the best in their contestants, and in the process, decided to call out Nicki of all people specifically:

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! 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.”

Well, even though he was “just saying,” Minaj was HEATED. She went on to have a full-on Twitter rant, where she claimed that him assuming she wouldn’t like a Bob Dylan type of performer, even though no one really has seen her judge the talent yet, was racist.

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.

LOL lets make him a shirt that says “No Coloreds Allowed” then escort him down 2 Barbara Walters so he can tell how he was threatened w/guns

And to say Tyler started to feel the heat might be the understatement of the year, because according to MTV, he surprisingly decided to apologize for his comments on the Canadian entertainment talk show, eTalk. Or to be more clear, he decided to apologize for the fact that she took them to heart so easily, and took the comments so left:

I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki. But I am the farthest thing 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 have judged Bob Dylan. Maybe I spoke out of turn. But a racist I’m not, Nicki.

Well didn’t that situation spin out of control fast or what? And it’s definitely interesting how serious his tone changed when responding to her comments, but I’m sure that there’s nothing more jarring to someone like Steven Tyler than to have a black woman with a lot of power and a huge fan base put out into the universe that he might be a racist. Hopefully this whole drama is dead, and that not only will other celebrities stop trying to nitpick at this girl (because like it or not, “Idol” did give her the job), but that she’ll try not to be so sensitive in the future. Just saying *in a Steven Tyler voice*


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  • SMHgurl24

    Huge fan base? Nikis little clutch of tweens is nothing to the millions that follow Steven Tyler. She will NEVER get to his sort of level so she creates drama extend her failing career. In a couple years no one will even remember this pathetic excuse for a human being. I’m not one to down people but anybody who constantly throws the race card when they get insulted or tries to flex muscle they don’t have I might add is scum. Go away Niki, your not the first artist to get famous on no talent and you sure ain’t the last!

  • ashley79

    I’m going to pull the Nicki Minaj race card trick when someone asks me about the Beatles.

  • ashley79

    I’m going to pull the Nicki Minaj race card trick when someone asks me about the Beatles.

  • msgeegee

    I am so sick of Nikki pulling the race card. What he said had nothing to do with race. He didnt owe her an apology for expressing his opinion. Girl bye

  • Yay!

    Tyler was a FOOL to come for Minaj. Like her or not she was CHOOSEN for the job! I’m no Nikki fan, but that Old Boot was wrong for publically insinuating she doesn’t know how to cultivate talent (even though I think he might be right). The truth is we have no idea what kind of inspiration Nikki will be until the show starts. I’m so ready for the dumb show to come and go with the low ratings it deserves. If this show were truly worthwhile all this buffoonery wouldn’t be needed to keep this show relevant.

  • And this is why Nicki keep getting MORE power in the entertainment industry AND her ego keeps getting bigger…Nicki can say any disrespectful thing she wants about ANYBODY & NOT apologize, but you have veteran’s in the business, like Steven state his opinion about her & less than 24 hrs later, he’s issuing an apology. I wish they would stop responding to her & let her light finally burn out. Every time someone mentions her name, they’ve added another 5 minutes of fame!

  • Ladybug94

    Nicki needs to sit down, she will never have the longevity that Steven has had. He’s an actual musician, she should do her research on people before trying to say they are racist. She wouldn’t have gotten any apology. Period.

  • JuJuGee

    Just a few days ago Nikki called out the brekafast club for not being prepared to interact with her- not watching her new video or listening to her new song when she was at their radio program to promote her new CD. She was absolutely in the the right there. Here- I agree with Steven. Idol did choose her to “judge” but his statement attacks her ability to judge, discern and foster music ability and talent in others… Not the fact that she’s a Black and/or a Barbie. I am so tired of black folks throwin out the race card when someone disagrees with them. We do not own the race card and we need to stop throwing it out as if we playing spades and it’s the High joker.

    • jujugee

      *breakfast club

  • pickneychile

    I must be missing something…I don’t believe he needed to apologize at all. If Nicki wants to be on a public platform she needs to get some thicker skin. Her emotions are a little too close to the surface.

  • Stephanie

    He’s racist! Thank you Nicki Minaj for telling Steven Tyler off.

    • Nikki

      That’s where you and Nicki have it wrong. See, a racist is someone that believes that their race is better than another or someone that is prejudice against another race. Steven Tyler didn’t make any comments references that whites where better than any other race; therefore he is not a racist. What you’re thinking is that Steven Tyler doesn’t think Nicki Minaj would like someone like Bob Dylan because she is black/rapper.

  • kierah

    He apologized that she misunderstood his remarks. He didn’t apologize for making them; although, it seems most people agree that no apology was necessary.
    Steve was right. She probably doesn’t have the ear to appreciate different types of music. Instead of being angry at her critics, why doesn’t she focus on proving us wrong.

  • Royaltee

    He did not owe her an apology at all! He’s entitled to his opinion and she needs to quit playing the race card every time some one white disapproves of her. I wish her fifteen minutes of fame would hurry up and be over already because I’m sick of her b*tching and moaning about everything. I mean really doing a 3 part special complaining about everything from rice-a-roni to stage lighting is ridiculous this girl needs to shut up and grow up

  • Nikki

    Okay, so I don’t know much about Steven Tyler or Nicki Minaj; however, I wish them both luck because there will always be that uncomfortable feeling between them and they have to work together for the rest of the season.

    I think that Nicki should honestly consider therapy. I’m not saying that to be malicious or to belittle her. Black people tend to not want to seek mental help because they don’t want to seem crazy, when in reality a few months of talk therapy goes a LONG way. Is it harder as a female in a male’s game? Absolutely! She had the potential to be this wonderful raptress that would be adored by all, but she unfortunately blew it.

    • JuJuGee

      They don’t have to work together. Steven no longer judges american idol.

      • Nikki

        Well, that shows that I obviously haven’t watched American Idol since Ruben Studdard won…

  • realadulttalk

    He apologized b/c she played that corny arse race card…he shouldn’t have apologized.

  • baddvixentype

    he doesnt owe her shite!