Rapper Nicki Minaj was flying sky high around this time last year. Her fans couldn't get enough of her quirky personality, and music consumers couldn't get enough of her catchy music.
But that was before she abandoned her fan base in hopes of being pop music's queen for a day.
Sadly, Minaj's third studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, won't even generate a quarter of the sales of her 2nd studio effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which dropped on April 2.
In fact, 'Re-Up', which dropped on Nov. 19, is set to sell a meager 20,000 copies in its first week.
That number would make any artist flipping mad. But instead of blaming herself for her problems, Minaj is lashing out at everyone from retailers to former American Idol judge Steven Tyler.
In a recent interview with MTV, Tyler gave his unbridled opinion on the nonsense g'wan on between Minaj and 'Idol' judge Mariah Carey -- which everyone believes was a publicity stunt.
Tyler stopped just short of accusing Minaj and Mariah of stuntin' for TV ratings, when he said:
I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel, [and] it shouldn’t be that... They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie.’ 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?
In other words, Tyler was simply saying that judges should put aside their pettiness and judge the talent in front of them.
But then Tyler took it a step further by referring to the classic 1961 episode of 'Twilight Zone' ("It's a Good Life") in which the petulant bratty kid with magical powers (Billy Mumy) turned a human being into a jack-in-the-box then sent him to the corn field.
At least I think that's what Tyler was referring to when he said:
These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they’re in New York City, they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. … If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! 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.
An enraged Minaj, who probably never saw that episode of the 'Twilight Zone', immediately assumed that Tyler was being a racist. She took to her Twitter page ranting and raving about the specter of racism that swirled around Tyler's words.
In a series of tweets, 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."
"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."
This is the problem with ignorant people -- they jump to the wrong conclusions which makes them feel even more foolish when they finally realize the error of their ways.
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