“If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!” the Aerosmith frontman told MTV News. “Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with ['Idol' contestant] Phillip Phillips.”
Tyler, who was an “Idol” judge alongside Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, further criticized the new judging panel, which includes Nicki, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Jackson. “They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie.’ 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,” he said, referring to Nicki’s infamous feud with Mariah.
After getting wind of the comments, Nicki took to Twitter to respond. “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.
The newest “Idol” judge did not let him get away with his offensive remarks. “You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go fuck yourself and worry about yourself babe,” she said.
“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,” she added, referring to Mariah’s comments to “The View” host.
“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.”
Tyler exited the show after two seasons. Nicki will make her judging debut when the 12th season of “American Idol” premieres in January.