Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Nazi Imagery in ‘Only’ Lyric Video
Nicki Minaj has issued an apology for her 'Only' lyric video, which features Nazi-inspired imagery. On Tuesday (Nov. 11), the Young Money rapper went on Twitter to address the controversy surrounding the clip.
Minaj sent her sentiments through Twitter. "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.
She explains that the creator of the lyric video did not use Nazi imagery purposely and was rather inspired by seeing a show on Cartoon Network. "The artist who made the lyric video for 'Only' was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called 'Metalocalypse' & Sin City," Minaj continued.
A person referred to as "A. Loucas" was responsible for overseeing the lyric video and is Jewish, according to the rhymer.
The video’s director, Jeff Osborne, continues to retweet both the praise and condemnation for the video on his Twitter account. However, he has yet to comment on his involvement in the visual.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defemation League's National Director and Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman has issued a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter) denouncing the lyric video calling the "unadulterated Nazi imagery" troubling.
"Nicki Minaj's new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture's exploitation of Nazi symbolism," he states. "This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era. The abuse of Nazi imagery is deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews and all those who can recall the sacrifices Americans and many others had to make as a result of Hitler's Nazi juggernaut."
There's no word if Nicki Minaj plans to take down the visual -- per critics original request -- or if she will re-shoot another 'Only' lyric video.
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