Steven Tyler may not be long out of the American Idol judge chair, but that doesn't mean that he's averse to criticizing his replacements. So much so in fact, that he is already in hot water for comments he has made with regard to Nicki Minaj. In an interview earlier this week, Tyler stated that talent "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" before going on to state that Minaj probably wouldn't be able to recognize the next Bob Dylan:
"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!"
Minaj was evidently none too happy about the statement, accusing Steven Tyler of making racist remarks:
"You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f--k yourself and worry about yourself babe,"
Now, Tyler has taken to Canadian entertainment show ETalk to apologize, although the singer has refuted Minaj's claims that his words were racially motivated: "I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki. I'm the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. 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."
Tyler is not the first person to have hit out at Minaj. Last month, Stevie Nicks stated that she would "strangle the singer" during an interview, a comment for which she latterly apologized.
Do you think Tyler is a racist? Or has Minaj misread his statement? Let us know in the comments.