Nicki Minaj Takes 'Full Responsibility' For Offensive Nazi Imagery In 'Only' Video
While Nicki Minaj was busy hosting the MTV EMA this weekend, she was also fielding heavy criticism for using what many believe to be Nazi-inspired imagery in her "Only" 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.
"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."
"I didn't come up w/the concept, but I'm very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone," she added. "I'd never condone Nazism in my art."
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.