Steven Tyler To Nicki Minaj: 'I'm Not A Racist'

Aerosmith front man responds to pop singer's claim.

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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.

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    Johnny_Ibanez
    Nicki Minaj is black?! It wears so much make-up, I had no idea!
    Vicryl 2.0
    she's a f*cking rainbow with a pot of shit on the other side
    Chradamw
    Bob Dylan wouldn't have gone on because he's a terrible singer. American Idol never had anything to do with musicianship, just voice.
    Dylan_86
    Bob Dylan was a great singer in the 60s/70s. Unique voice and phrasing.
    spiff-corgi
    Nicki Minaj is not black. Nicki Minaj is a Jynx and Pokemon do not have a race.
    SynVanSambora
    Have you ever seen any pictures of her before she got all the plastic surgery? She looks like a completely different person.
    jamiey1
    She knew what he meant but decided to try and play the race card to make him look bad. He's right though and she has no decent defense to it so her only comeback was to accuse him of being racist.
    IrishConnor1994
    I think it was just an ignorance thing, she probably couldn't come up with anything smart to say, so she just said "Racist"
    jkubed
    Right?! You can't say anything negative about anyone of any other race without being called a racist. It's tough being white
    Camron62\m/
    exactly, i mean... Steven was on the same damn show with Randy Jackson. Nicki Manaj is a waste. Worst decision making her a judge. Ever. As if i even watch that show.
    iommi600
    "You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f--k yourself and worry about yourself babe," Wow, what a major display of intelligence and intellect...
    GhostPlayground
    Technically speaking, Bob Dylan is a pretty bad singer (even his fans admit that) and what makes him special is his incredible songwriting abilities. Therefore, it makes sense to say that if Bob Dylan auditioned for American Idol he wouldn't be placed on the show. A better comparison would be someone like Freddie Mercury, Marvin Gaye, or Tim Buckley.
    bobmarley_fan
    Instead of Tin Buckley I think you meant Jeff Buckley. Jeef was a One of a kind way more than his dead beat father. Watch this live video
    middle fingers up...LOL at the start when they talk about historians comparing Jeff to his father and watch his reacstion
    bobmarley_fan
    Sorry for the misspelling in a hurry...AWESOME LIVE VIDEO OF JEFF THOUGH...One of my faves SUCH AN AMAZING ARTIST
    Dylan_86
    Tin Buckley was pretty shit...but Tim Buckley was awesome and just as good as Jeff if not better. He had a larger body of work and despite the fact he died younger than Jeff, Jeff could only manage one studio album before he died at age 30.
    0rion2309
    I wonder if there are still people who remember Tim Buckley. I don't think many of the "omg hallelujah is my favorite song"-people know he was the father of Jeff Buckley
    RGallagherFan
    Tim Buckley was badass (up until he started sounding like a deaf guy at the start of the 70's imo). Song To The Siren, Once I Was, Sing A Song For You, and Morning Glory were AMAZING.
    0rion2309
    Indeed I like him more then Jeff. But I don't know any people that know him.
    GhostPlayground
    The irony is that when Jeff's first album was released people promoted it by saying he was the son of a great musician. Now, they promote him by simply saying the word 'Hallelujah'. i think they're both excellent singers/songwriters, but while Tim had more underground appeal, Jeff had more mainstream appeal.
    IrishConnor1994
    Well Nicki Minaj probably shouldn't be judging a singing competition, because she doesn't sing. She raps, and she still needs autotune to do that. Plus she doesn't seem very smart either.
    nboyjn
    honestly i dont even know how she got any hint of racism from that comment... shes a stupid hoe, shes a, shes a stupid hoe.
    VanTheKraut
    You realize that intelligence and intellect are the same thing? That's like "Wow, what a major display of humor and hilarity..." Anyways, I think its funny that Minaj just called herself a rapper. So that's what "Beez in the Trap" was...
    sonofgkex
    Technically, intelligence is putting knowledge to good use and intellect is simply knowing a lot of things, so the two words do carry different connotations. Nikki Minaj demonstrates neither quality, nor does she show any signs of meaningful mental activity. Butt implants-- There are no reasons for this. None.
    nailsarecruel
    "You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper?"
    No Nicki. Talent, Longevity, Depth. There is more to Bob Dylan than a credibility name drop among mainstream personalities. If she even had a basic idea who the man is, she'd be offended at Tyler's intended jab instead of dragging out the dead mule of racism.
    Abacus11
    Seriously, that's the funniest part - She's getting angry because she thinks that he's making a racist remark... when in reality he's pointing out the fact that she's a moron who knows nothing about music. The layers of irony...
    WholeLottaIzzy
    What the fu ck is a Nicki Minaj?!
    Johnny_Ibanez
    Do you remember a Pokmon called "Jynx"?
    iommi600
    Jynx Maze?
    Shaggy91
    Dont EVER compare Jynx Maze with Nicki Minaj. At least Jynx Maze can fake a performance in bed.... Nicki Minaj cant fake a performance to save her soul.
    iommi600
    I wasn't comparing... I mean, I can't fap to someone who wears make up enough to look like a clown who has been working for a russian circus for 30 years.
    Drm316
    Ok so I was wondering how the hell did the 1st comment didn't get the medal and as I scrolled down and read this I just about fell of my damn chair lol. Touch!
    spiff-corgi
    Oh man I just left this comment as a reply to a comment further up and now I look like a big fat phoney who copied this comment. I commend you for getting there first.
    Redfinton22
    In absolutely NONE of Steven Tyler's comments is there even a hint of racial slurring, as far as I can tell. She brought that all up by herself
    AnnihilationUK
    Yeah Nicki - Steve is a racist and is bashing rap! Wait.. Steven Tyler worked with Run DMC? Oh....
    Wisthler
    Honestly, its not a suprise that a reply like that would come from a person with the level of intelligence of Minaj. She is a person who can't analize a simple sentence like the one from Steven, he is talking about experience and Minaj thinks its about racism. The worst thing, on top that Minaj should be nominated to the Facepalm award of the year, is that she is being an Icon for the youth arround the world, along with Beiber and others, and she is giving this kind of example to them. In fact, I can even tell that not even Justin would have given a reply like that, since I want to believe, that he is a little smarter than Nicki. The aftermath of this can be predicted from miles away, she will keep bashing Tyler, and her fans will bash him and anything related to his work blidnly, without knowing a single thing about his carreer or experience in the music business. This is, is just another notorious proof of the state of music, and culture these days.
    TimLarkin
    It doesn't even matter if Steven Tyler is racist or not, because at the end of the day, he's Steven Tyler, and that other thing is Niki Minaj.
    Crimson.King
    He shouldn't have apologized for making the comment but apologize for making the comment to someone too stupid to understand it.
    BjarnedeGraaf
    I would've never apologized to that "stupid ho" (see what i did there?) Would've told her to read what I said again and see if I ever mentioned her being a (terribad) rapper or black, and then get back to me. If they want racist to stop so bad, maybe they should stop assuming every white person is a racist in the first place.
    shuphrk88
    Yea I call BS on Nicki's end. Tyler's cornfield remark was in connection to his previous remark about being a kid from the midwest. Maybe if she stepped out of that candyland, overproduced pop bubble of hers she could see that. We're far from a post racial society, but in this instance, the remark was not a racist one.
    A Tout Le Monde
    The first thing I thought when I read the "sent him to the cornfield" part was that one episode of the twilight zone
    thes50
    "Do you think Tyler is a racist? Or has Minaj misread his statement? Let us know in the comments. " Well personally I think Minaj is a whiny bitch who needs to learn to shut the **** up.
    IrishConnor1994
    Personally, I think she didn't understand half the words Steven Tyler said, so she decided to shout "racist"
    ne14t
    You can't be racist when the thing you are insulting is probably not even of this world...KILL IT WITH FIRE
    Abacus11
    Nicki Minaj is an idiot. What Steven Tyler said wasn't racist in the least. She's part of a growing trend... Shooting your mouth off for attention regardless if there is any truth to what you're saying.
    guitar7masta
    Yep, just be as ridiculous as you possibly can. It's the only way these people stay relevant. Kinda like Ted Nugent.
    -Annihilation-
    God damn, I hate when people pull the race card. How the **** was Tyler being racist? He never said anything about her being black.
    mutex77
    It bugs the hell out of me too. If 1 person says something bad about another person, and they're 2 different races, its considered a race issue somehow. I think her statement is actually racist. If Bill Cosby or Sydney Portier made this statement instead of Tyler, she wouldnt of said anything about race. She's treating the situation differently because of the color of someones skin....which is a pretty racist thing to do.
    Benjumanji
    Typical. Older white man criticizes young black woman for something that has absolutely nothing to do with skin color. But wait, he CRITICIZED HER! RACIST! RACIST! RACIST!
    BwareDWare94
    What Steven Tyler really said: "Nicki has no musical integrity. She is vocally inept and her appearance has been entirely created by cosmetic surgery. She is no judge of talent and the mere fact that her body itself is hyperbolic tells me that she's more concerned with appearance than actual talent. She is the end result of the late 90s and early millenium when appearance began to matter more than actual ability." Not that Steven Tyler can sing anymore, either, but I trust his opinions more than some overrated and entirely talentless exaggeration of what the ideal woman is (who she's ideal for, I don't know, man. I just don't know). And she couldn't even refute me by claiming this is the "real" her because she was entirely aware of what she was doing when she went under the knife.
    mps59
    i wonder if Run DMC think Tyler's a racist
    IrishConnor1994
    I wonder how many people are re-reading Steven Tyler's remark and trying to figure out how someone could possibly find anything racist about it. I know I'm stumped...
    guitar7masta
    She's only there for the ratings anyway, her lunacy brings in the views. This is the same woman that threatened to shoot Mariah Carey "with a gun". Derp. She's tragically inept, and a disgusting person to boot.
    WelshKes
    Steven Tyler made no race remark as far as I can see - to me, for someone to use the race card puts one race back a step, he really means that because of her single tracked musical taste, no-one else other than an "urban" artists would make it under her. Wait, didn't Tyler work with Run-DMC? If I was Steven Tyler, I would tell her to go f*ck her self, get some basic education and learn how to sing without autotune
    STONESHAKER
    Seriously? Who cares about Nicki M, she will be irrelevant to music in less than a decade like so many pop and hip hop artists we see today. The fact that Steve actually made a public comment about her is probably going to be the high point of her career.
    llBlackenedll
    So... why did he have to apologise? I get that he doesn't want to appear racist, but surely the fact that he didn't make a single racist remark in his comment already proves that. Why justify her comment with an apology, it'll only generate more news such as... this article.
    2NaFish
    only one person seems hung up on race and makes assumptions based on skin colour and it's not tyler. people do seem to be missing the point, that there's not way on god's green earth that dylan would go anywhere near a talent show like american idol. he'd play crappy clubs and hone his craft.
    VikingMiguel
    He wasn't saying anything about race...he was simply saying that she is a shit artist, restoring my faith in humanity
    younghatter
    I can't stand people like that. just because he's saying things against her, that makes him racist. She can **** off, she's making me wanting to become racist
    T-Unit33
    Race aside, she wouldn't realize talent because she has none. It is hard to judge another persons talent when the judge themselves has none to base it off of. I'm with Steven on this one.
    mrozzy123fest
    i hate how if you insult someone of a different race, you're automatically called racist haha
    saulhudsonslash
    Racist? that stupid talentless bimbo isn't even black. Not only that, but shes extremely ignorant to automatically throw out the "RACIST!" card. Of course nobody listens to nick and thinks, wow, with lyrics like, "I shitted on him", "My ass and my anus are finally famous", its not hard to believe that she doesn't know what good songwriting is. She needs to date chris brown or something.
    grungerocker90
    legendary rockstars like steven tyler and stevie nicks apologizing to crappy artists like that no talent shit for brains? ....for the times, the are a'changin.....
    eds1275
    Anyone else think that pulling the race card when race hadn't been adressed at all prior to the accusation is a little inherently racist..? In my mind I can't help but think "Well you took it there, not me.." when people say that kind of thing.
    MetalMovieNerd
    Not that Steven Tyler is exactly the most sane man ever, he is in the right here. And yes, I'm not saying anything new or original but its Nicki ****ing Minaj. There isn't anything original to say aside from she's so damn unattractive.
    Lick_Soloist
    Thats an easy response, rather than argue with her achievements as an artist (I know there are few but still, sold more records than most last year) and pointing out that Tyler's day has been and gone, she plays the race card. Really garners respect that.