Does Nicki Minaj lack class? Was hiring her a huge mistake for "American Idol" producers allegedly attempting to drum up buzz? According to Access Hollywood journalist Laura Saltman, Minaj has a lot of issues, including not knowing how to act when it comes to the media and cyber bullying.
"In my 20 years in entertainment news, I have interviewed close to 5,000 celebrities — people who have bigger bragging rights than Nicki. Men and women who have Oscars , Grammys and Emmys. Yet, by far, she is the most ungracious of anyone I have met," Saltman wrote in a passionate article over the weekend. "Each week, she comes backstage for interviews and we are told “two questions only” while her people hover over you and even, at times, have their hand on your arm as you end your interview to make you stop. Waiver from the two-question rule and Nicki herself will walk away. She makes zero eye contact and has no connection to whomever is interviewing her. If she likes your question, she may give you a proper answer. If she doesn’t, she may give you a dirty look and walk off."
According to Saltman, Nicki huffed off when she asked about comments Nicki made about Mariah Carey on Twitter last week. That said, she wonders where Minaj will be in a few years, if she continues to act the way she does now. That includes calling Mariah Carey "sir" and offering her a q-tip to clean out her ears on live television.
"Nicki’s comments yesterday on Twitter show who she really is – a mean girl, a cyber-bully who is just perpetuating the problems of social media…. As a celebrity, I would hope that Nicki would understand her fans look to her as a role model and she should choose her words more wisely. From what I have seen of her behavior since “Idol” began, I’m not sure she is capable of this. She’s a female rapper who should be proud of her accomplishments as a woman not cutting other women down," wrote Saltman. "The truth is that 20 years from now, Mariah Carey will still be known as one of the best female vocalists of all time. Nicki Minaj – well, I will let you decide that."
It's unclear if "American Idol" producers feel the same way or a similar way about Nicki's behavior throughout the season, but the "Pound The Alarm" talent can care less what anyone thinks of the way she handles situations.
"I used to let these ppl say whatever they wanted about me, not anymore. I am blessed & highly favored, not afraid of losing your acceptance," Minaj said in response to Saltman. "See, nothing scares me….don't need any show, any audience, any endorsement…God is real. I'm just enjoying life…where he brought me from."