Nicki Minaj Attacks Former American Idol Judge Steven Tyler For "Racist" Comment

27 November 2012, 10:57 | Updated: 27 November 2012, 12:46

The 'Starships' rapper slams the Aerosmith frontman for remarks he made about her abilities on the show.

Nicki Minaj has accused Steven Tyler of being racist after he made comments in a recent interview critisicing the female star's judging abilities on American Idol.

The Aerosmith frontman and Jennifer Lopez were replaced by Nicki and Mariah Carey on the upcoming new series of the show and the rocker told MTV that he thinks the 'Fly' rapper is not suitable for the position.

He said that Nicki and Mariah's public falling out was the "opposite" of what they show is about and they should be able to "birth" talent with their camaraderie – bringing up last year's champion Phillip Phillips as an example.

"If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield," he declared. "Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying."

Taking to her Twitter account, the 'Moment 4 Life' star hit out at the remarks saying he had no right to offer his opinion of her judging skills.

"Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet," she tweeted. 

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"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," she added. "You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe."

Steven continued to offer his thoughts on the caliber of judge that is suitable for the show.

"It needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the 'it' factor. Not the 'it' factor because they can fight," he said. "The f*** is that all about?"

Nicki and Mariah's fight caused uproar after they were caught verbally attacking one another during auditions in North Charlotte.

The pair have since diffused reports on their relationship admitting they are now fine.

The new series of American Idol premiere in the US in January 2013.