Voluptuous American rapper, Nicki Minaj was recently condemned by her fans for her latest lyrics video, “Only” which seems to contain Nazi-inspired imagery and symbolism.
The song features Chris Brown and two other famous rappers from Young Money; Lil’ Wayne and Drake who provide backup vocals for the song.
The lyric video portrays Nicki in animation form as a female dictator over a fictional regime which looks a lot like Nazi Germany.
The video also depicts red and black flags with a swastika-like symbol of the Young Money entertainment logo flying through the air with soldiers seen lining up.
Evoking the scrutiny of fans, they claim that the rapper is being rude toward the Jews by glorifying the Nazis, thus describing the video as both “disgusting” and “disturbing”.
According to FOX 411, Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor said in a statement, “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes the Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism.”
To make things worse, the video was released last Friday on 7 November 2014, near the anniversary of Kristallnacht’s 76th anniversary which falls on 9 and 10 November.
Kristallnacht, also known as the ‘Night of Broken Glass’ was a violent riot against Jews throughout Nazi Germany, signalling the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.
“This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialisation of the history of that era. This imagery is deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews and all those who recall the sacrifices Americans and many others had to pay as a result of the Nazi juggernaut,” added Foxman.
After receiving many complaints, on Tuesday, the rapper tweeted her apology to fans saying that she will take “full responsibility” for the video.
Nicki claimed that the video was actually inspired by “Metalocalypse” and “Sin City” instead of the Nazi regime and her friend that had overseen the video is Jewish.
However, despite the rapper’s apologies, video director Jeffrey Osborne admitted that the video was inspired by Nazism and he will not apologise for it.
Also, his statement on MySpace contradicts Nicki Minaj’s apology tweets:-
“Before I start, be clear that these are my personal views and not the views of Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, or Young Money.
First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.
But a majority of the recognizable models/symbols are American: MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme court, and the Lincoln Memorial. What’s also American is the 1st Amendment, which I’ve unexpectedly succeeded in showing how we willfully squeeze ourselves out of that right every day.
Despite the fact heavy religious and economic themes were glossed over, there’s also Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (not manufactured until 1966), an Italian Ferrari, and a Vatican Pope.
As far as an explanation, I think it’s actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future. And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry. What else is trending?”
Check out Nicki Minaj’s “Only”.