Nicki Minaj apologises for offensive Nazi imagery in video

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Nicki Minaj
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.”

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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.

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