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.

I actually thought [Carey and Minaj would] work good together. Perhaps I should have my head examined.

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.

Just what in the name of promotional stunts could the two of them be arguing about?

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.

With as much negativity out there, can’t we get some positive examples of minorities in the media?

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?

Photo Credit: FOX

10 Comments on “Nicki Minaj versus Mariah Carey on American Idol — seriously?!

  1. Ratings ploy. Mariah is worth 500 million dollars and the biggest selling female artist in history, MINAJ and her plastic body needs to be respectful of MARIAH CAREY’S icon status. Actually how is she even sitting at a table with a legend. It’s like sitting a RAT next to Aretha franklin

    • dont hate on nicki they are both talented and this is obviously a scam :)

  2. Just goes to show that just ’cause people have money doesn’t mean they have class. Then again, why are you surprised by the behavior of 2 Divas? And with TMZ there to document it, we all get to watch. Team Carey!

    Noticed that your Bio was updated in that your “working on a series of comedic novels”. NICE. Course you’ll have to do some fancy written to eclipse the Groucho series by Ron Goulart. (shameless plug-On Kindle)

    • Hey, Otto! I don’t know if I’m surprised as much as I am saddened by the news. Do they really have to resort to this kind of behavior to gain attention? Sheesh. Things are just so backwards. With that being said — Team Minaj! lol Oh, and yes, I’m working on my books. They’re actually pretty good in my opinion. You’ll have to check them out when they are published!

      • I look forward to the day when I have guests in the library and gesture to the middle bookcase top 2 shelves and say, “The Jaylen Christie first Editions are just there. Riotously funny and soon to be major motion pictures.” ;-)

  3. I think it is all a ploy for ratings. The way Mariah and Nicki are caring on is for the birds. They are suppose to be two professional women who should be setting examples for their fans. Mariah has two kids and she should know better. If they can’t get alone, maybe they need to leave each other alone and one or either both of them should leave American Idol!! American Idol needs to go back to the good ole days when everyone wanted to watch the show so that they could see the next American Idol! Sometimes you can mess up a good thing by adding bad things!!!

    Keep up the great work Jay!!!! Thanks again for another Clacking in Color.

    • Mariah should know better. You’d think she would have kept things classy … and for that matter, the same goes for Nicki. They need to step their games up. Thanks for reading!

  4. Its all a ploy that many of us constantly feed into and that’s why stuff like this keeps happening. If the producers know that bull sells, why stop selling it? People don’t want normal, they want outragous. People love a good drama filled cat fight and that will sell. Sex sells, fights sell, drama sells. If normalcy sold, grade school teachers would drive expensive cars to further motivate those around them that “hey, I’m normal and I live like this. So can you” Yet, we praise the opposite and this is the outcome…A farce Carey Minaji fight to boost the hype later later boost rating. shame.

  5. I can’t see these two hating each other and its just not a good look. And if you have to pull a stunt like this to receive rating then its simply time to move on to the next best thing. Cause if it is a stunt it shows a lack of creativity from the producers

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