Nicki Minaj versus Mariah Carey on American Idol — seriously?!
Get ready for a cat fight! American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are going at it … but what’s this doing for their image? In this week’s Clacking in Color, the wonderful column spotlighting minorities in Hollywood, writer Jaylen Christie wants to know why can’t we all just get along!
Anyone that knows me is privy to the fact that I love music just as much as I adore quality television … the keyword being quality. However, since I loathe reality programs, I usually find myself skipping such music oriented shows as The Voice, The X Factor and American Idol. In spite of this, new buzz about Idol has now sparked my interest … and it has absolutely nothing to do with its aspiring singers.
It seems to be an accepted fact that the judges on Idol change as often as the actors portraying James Bond. This season includes veteran Randy Jackson, country music star Keith Urban, and dueling divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, the two of which are the subject of this week’s Clacking in Color. You see, I don’t keep up with American Idol. In fact, I stopped watching after Fantasia won when I was back in high school. However, when I heard that Carey and Minaj were brought on board, I actually thought they’d work good together. Perhaps I should have my head examined.
The competition hasn’t even started yet and already the two are at each other’s throats … and it ain’t pretty. Celebrity gossip site TMZ recently posted a video of Carey and Minaj having a shouting match while an uneasy (and possibly terrified) Urban sat awkwardly in the middle doing nothing to calm them down. Perhaps he didn’t care. Or maybe he didn’t want to get bitch slapped.
I think I’ll lean towards the latter.
Either way, Minaj looked ready to — for lack of a better term — set it off, and Carey seemed willing to meet her halfway. If this was meant to captivate TV watchers then I’m in the minority. I found it annoying to be honest. Just what in the name of promotional stunts could the two of them be arguing about? Heck, Minaj is wealthy and so is Carey. If I were an affluent celebrity, I just can’t see myself catching an attitude with another famous person when I’ve got millions in the bank. That’s just my opinion.
What once started out as an upbeat program dedicated to finding the next great music superstar has devolved into a crap fest of stunts like these, something that resembles one of those lackluster reality programs on VH1. No one cares about the aspiring singers. It’s all about the judges … but isn’t that backwards? Is this a ratings ploy? Furthermore, here’s another question, a real stumper — are Minaj and Carey aware of how they’re being presented on national television?
Why would they want to reinforce negative stereotypes of women being outrageous and catty? That isn’t exactly forward thinking, is it? I like Minaj. I really do. I didn’t at first … and then her hit single “Super Bass” came out and I changed my mind completely. I get the fact that she’s tough, but is the profane language and screaming really necessary? The same goes for Carey. I don’t know what she did to tick the sister off, but couldn’t they have just waited to address each other once the cameras were out of the room? That’s the professional thing to do, right? Heck, that’s what I would have done, but then again, Nicki Minaj and I are two entirely different people.
Both singers are minorities working in Hollywood — Minaj, Trinidadian born, and Carey, a blend of African-American and Irish. With as much negativity out there, can’t we get some positive examples of minorities in the media? I’m asking a lot of questions so I’ll end it there. I just believe the singers need to sort out their differences and move on. That’s what I’d do if I were Carey. Heck, I’m scared of Minaj. That chick is crazy.
If this has all been a ratings ploy then I guess I can understand that with it being American Idol’s twelfth season. Still, the fact that Minaj and Carey have been teamed up with Urban should be a reason to tune in by itself. That’s quite a contrast in judges. So, does that mean that I will be watching? Um, no. Drama does little to excite me and since that’s what Idol seems to be about these days, I think I’ll have to pass.
After all, with judges like those, what’s there to idolize?