As if American Idol needed any more drama on top of the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey beef, now former judge Steven Tyler is adding fuel to the fire. He’s criticizing Nicki’s judging (before it’s even aired), which prompted her to fire back that his comments are “racist.” See how it went down after the jump!

First, Steven made some mostly-incomprehensible comments about Nicki being too harsh a judge, or not liking folk music... or something. "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."

Steven also criticized the new panels' approach: "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." (Meanwhile, we're sure Phillip is grateful for the Bob Dylan comparison.)

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Never one to hold her tongue, Nicki took to Twitter and fired off a series of replies:

"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--- yourself and worry about yourself babe."

"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"

"When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge."

Aaand scene. Your move, Steven.

Was Steven out of line? Or does Nicki need to control her temper better? Let us know what you think!

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