Steven Tyler Apologizes To Nicki Minaj, Refutes “American Idol” Criticism Was Racist
Earlier this week, the former “American Idol” judge and Aerosmith lead singer questioned Nicki’s role as a judge on the show. His statements included that Nicki would’ve sent Bob Dylan “to the cornfield” if he auditioned this season. Minaj responded with a tweet saying his comments were racist.
In an interview on a Canadian show called eTalk, Tyler apologized for his remarks and firmly denied being racist.
“I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki,” said the singer. “But I am the farthest thing from [being a racist] … I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don’t know where she got that out of me saying I’m not sure how she would have judged Bob Dylan.”
Steven Tyler explained that he meant, “if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would’ve been thrown off.”
“Maybe I spoke out of turn,” said the singer. “But a racist I’m not, Nicki.”