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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    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
    Bob Dylan wouldn't have gone on because he's a terrible singer. American Idol never had anything to do with musicianship, just voice.
    Bob Dylan was a great singer in the 60s/70s. Unique voice and phrasing.
    Nicki Minaj is not black. Nicki Minaj is a Jynx and Pokemon do not have a race.
    Have you ever seen any pictures of her before she got all the plastic surgery? She looks like a completely different person.
    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.
    I think it was just an ignorance thing, she probably couldn't come up with anything smart to say, so she just said "Racist"
    Right?! You can't say anything negative about anyone of any other race without being called a racist. It's tough being white
    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.
    "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...
    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.
    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
    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.
    Indeed I like him more then Jeff. But I don't know any people that know him.
    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.
    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
    Sorry for the misspelling in a hurry...AWESOME LIVE VIDEO OF JEFF THOUGH...One of my faves SUCH AN AMAZING ARTIST
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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...
    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.
    "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.
    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...
    What the fu ck is a Nicki Minaj?!
    Do you remember a Pokmon called "Jynx"?
    Jynx Maze?
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!