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"I'm beez in the trap."
So goes the Nicki Minaj song about being untouchable. Maybe that's why Minaj throws herself into fighting mode with such abandon? Her latest feud is with the person who was sitting in her American Idol judges' seat right before her -- Steven Tyler.
Granted, Tyler appears to have started this one. (He's not known for keeping his opinions to himself, either.) In an interview with MTV News, the Aerosmith rocker weighed in on the American Idol judges who've replaced him and Jennifer Lopez for the upcoming season (which premieres on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET, on FOX). Listen to the interview here:
"I know that they've got something going on on the judges' panel," he said, alluding to the alleged rancor between Minaj and Mariah Carey. "It shouldn't be that, it should be just the opposite. They should have something going on, which is called 'camaraderie,' " he said. "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. The f--- is that all about?"
Then he took aim at Minaj specifically -- big mistake -- and pointed out that if a contestant "was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!"
Here's where Ms. Beez barnstormed into the conversation, via her Twitter feed. "Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield???" she tweeted. "Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!"
If only she'd stopped there. After all, she had a point. (Give the show a chance to air!) But no, she had to go on the offensive. "I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers," she continued. "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--k yourself and worry about yourself babe."
And on she went: "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," she added.
Some people, including rival TV judge Cee Lo Green, have speculated that the Carey-Minaj dispute has been created (or at least exaggeraged) for publicity for American Idol. If those rumors are true, then Tyler is actually doing them a favor by keeping the issue alive in the press. In fact…as a former member of the Idol franchise, might he be intentionally fanning those flames -- out of the goodness of his heart?
Oh, probably not. Nobody's ever been able to control what's come out of Tyler's mouth, least of all himself. Ironically, Minaj is the new judge who comes closest to his live-wired vibe!