Nicki Minaj might be remorseful for releasing the Nazi-themed lyric video for her latest track, 'Only,' but Jeff Osborne, the director, thinks otherwise.

MySpace writer Spencer Stein reached out to Osborne to get his opinion of the backlash since the visual debuted. Since its release, he's been spending the past few days retweeting both the positive and negative feedback regarding the video on Twitter. He finally comes out with a statement explaining his side and vision for the visual.

"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," he writes. "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. 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?”

The 'Only' lyric video made its debut on the web on Saturday (Oct. 8) and Nicki Minaj was immediately accused of using Nazi-inspired images in the clip. The video is still available online for viewing. There's no word yet on when the official video for the song arrives but after this fiasco, it'll be interesting to see if Minaj steers clear of using controversial images or scenes.

Read Jeff Osborne's full statement below.

“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 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. 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?”

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