Nicki on the "Idol" set [photo: Getty images]First Nicki Minaj was feuding with her "American Idol" Season 12 co-star, Mariah Carey. Now she's feuding with a former "Idol" judge, Steven Tyler. Will these "Idol" threats, so to speak, ever end?
So it all started when Steven, who left "Idol" ealier this year to refocus on his band Aerosmith, did an interview with MTV this week, and he was asked for his opinion about the new "Idol" judges. Holding nothing back, as usual, he answered: "I know that they've got something going on on the judges' panel. It shouldn't be [Nicki/Mariah infighting], it should be just the opposite: 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...You just have to give your opinion. It wasn't hard for me, but I would imagine it's hard for some people, and they need a manager to say, 'Shut the f*** up, and just give them your opinion!'"
Steven in his "Idol" days [photo: Getty Images]Steven further questioned the new "Idol" judges' willingness to put the contestants first (a valid point, but a richly ironic one, considering the similar flak he and Jennifer Lopez deservedly received during their two-season "Idol" tenure), saying: "These [contestants], 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 [me and J.Lo], we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just sayin'."
Well, after all that, Nicki responded via Twitter, just as she did a couple months ago when Mariah Carey went on "The View" with some crazy allegations against Nicki. At that time, Nicki had accused Mariah and Barbara Walters of racism, and she made a similar accusation regarding Steven's "cornfield" comment, tweet-ranting: "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. You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe. When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge."
Nicki also somewhat shockingly tweeted: "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."
Steven has yet to respond to Nicki, via Twitter or via interview, and Fox had no comment as of this writing. But judging from his heated exchange, suffice to say that the five-second-delay button that was used during Steven's "Idol" run better be in full working order when Nicki goes live on the air next year. Just sayin'.
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