Nicki Minaj took to Twitter on Tuesday to sort of apologize for using what appeared to some as Nazy imagery in her new music video, “Only.”
And when we say Nazi imagery, we mean Minaj as the leader at a mass rally, soldiers wearing red arm bands and big banners with Y-M (for record label Young Money) symbols that call to mind swastikas.
The video, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, has nearly 2 million hits on YouTube.
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, slammed the video on Monday, calling it deeply disturbing for its “unadulterated Nazi imagery.”
The video “disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture's exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” he said in a statement.
Minaj tweeted that “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.”
She wrote that the artist who made the video “was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called ‘Metalocalypse’ & Sin City.”
She added: “Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish.”
(Well, OK then?)
Drake, who is Jewish, has come under fire as well for contributing to the song.
Minaj gets no pass from some of the people leaving comments on the YouTube video, like one person who wrote: “I was starting to become a fan of nicki but not anymore and some of the barbs are delusional if they think Nicki cant understand what red arm bands, tanks and giant red banners is alluding to.”
Others don’t see what the big deal is.
“I cannot believe peeps think this child is promoting Nazism, or drawing a parallel. The visuals look more like Tiananemen Square than Nazi, Germany,” wrote one YouTube viewer.
“Also, that bs ...about Family Guy, South Park, etc. being given a pass because they're satirical shows is very convenient, don't you think? Yeah. We will always interpret things the way we see them through our filters. And we all do have a filter; we couldn't navigate through life without one. Bottom line.”
Watch the video by clicking here. But be forewarned of the explicit language.