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Thu Jul 31 19:36:19 SAST 2014

Aerosmith's Tyler slams Nicky Minaj for branding him as racist

Bang Showbiz | 29 November, 2012 08:27
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler flashes a peace sign as he leans over the side of a duck boat as they depart for a performance in Boston, Massachusetts November 5, 2012.
Image by: JESSICA RINALDI / Reuters

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler has blasted Nicki Minaj's claims he is a racist.

The rapper and American Idol judge lashed out at the Aerosmith singer - who she replaced on the panel of the talent show - after he questioned her suitability and claimed she would've passed on legendary musician Bob Dylan if he auditioned but Tyler was shocked when Nicki took it as a racist insult.

He told Canada's eTalk: "It was a moment, I'm sorry if it was taken wrong. But I'm the furthest from a racist.

“I'm not sure how she got that from me saying 'I'm not sure she would have judged Bob Dylan'. I was just saying if Bob Dylan came on the show he would have been thrown off. Maybe I spoke out of turn but a racist I'm not."

Minaj was furious when Tyler insisted she would have turned down Bob Dylan if he auditioned for American Idol and took to twitter to blast him.

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

"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. LOL lets make him a shirt that says 'No Coloreds Allowed' (sic)"

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