|Nicki Minaj apologises for offensive|
While Nicki Minaj was busy hosting the MTV EMA, she was also fielding heavy criticism for using what many believe to be Nazi-inspired imagery in her ‘Onl lyric video.
The video finds animated versions of Nicki, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Chris Brown reigning in a heavily militarized setting, with black, red, white YMCMB flags that resemble the black, red and white swastika that became a symbol of Adolf Hitler’s oppressive Nazi Germany.
On Tuesday morning (November 11), Nicki finally addressed the backlash when she tweeted: “I didn’t come up w/the concept, but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”
“The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called “Metalocalypse” & Sin City,” she tweeted. “Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish.”
The video’s director, Jeff Osborne, has continued to retweet both the praise and criticism he’s received for the video, but has not issued a formal statement
In addition to outcry from fans, the Anti- Defamation League also expressed their dismay at the lyric video. “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” the league’s director Abraham Foxman, said in a statement released on Monday.