Nicki Minaj apologises for offensive Nazi imagery in video

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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