Aerosmith frontman and former “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler responded to an accusation of racism by “Idol” judge Nicki Minaj, denying that he is a racist and offering an apology, E! Online reports.
As previously reported, Minaj took exception to a comment by Tyler that if Bob Dylan appeared before the current “Idol” judges, Minaj would “have had him sent to the cornfield.” The expression is somewhat familiar to people who grew up on early television — an apparent reference to a classic "Twilight Zone" episode.
Minaj, however, apparently was unfamiliar with the "Twilight Zone" reference. She got busy on Twitter, releasing a series of tweets blasting Tyler over what she called a “racist comment.”
Tyler responded on eTalk, a Canadian entertainment show, saying: "I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki.”
Tyler added: "But I am the farthest 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’ve judged Bob Dylan."
Tyler clarified his earlier comment, saying all he meant by it was that "if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would’ve been thrown off."
"Maybe I spoke out of turn," he added. "But a racist I’m not, Nicki."