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Steven Tyler isn't going to take Nicki Minaj's claims that he's a racist lying down. Though the Aerosmith rocker inserted his foot firmly in his mouth during a recent interview, he has come forth to say that the American Idol judge had taken his quotes out of context.
"I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki, but I am the farthest from [being a racist]," he tells the Canadian show eTalk, via E! News. "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've judged Bob Dylan."
He adds, "Maybe I spoke out of turn, but a racist I'm not, Nicki."
The Minaj backlash came after Tyler spoke to MTV News about the judges who have replaced him and Jennifer Lopez on Idol. He criticized the reported feud between Minaj and Mariah Carey for taking the attention away from the actual contestants, but then set Minaj off when he said that if a contestant "was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!"
"Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield???" Minaj tweeted in response. "Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!"
She continues, "I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. 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."
Not had enough yet? Minaj finished off her rant by saying, "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."