Nicki Minaj may be taking "full responsibility" for the backlash from her "Only" lyric video, but the video's director and visual artist, Jeff Osborne, is offering a bit of a different stance.
“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," he said in a statement to MySpace. "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."
The lyric video for Nicki's latest The Pinkprint single came under fire over the weekend for its purported Nazi imagery.
“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” the the Anti-Defamation League's director, Abraham Foxman, said in a statement released on Monday.
Nicki said the visual was "influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called 'Metalocalypse' & Sin City," though Osborne seems to be offering a different explanation.
"As far as an explanation, I think its actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future," he said. "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?”