Nicki Minaj is apologizing for her new militaristic lyric video, Only.
On Friday, the Anaconda rapper debuted the video for new song Only, which features Chris Brown and her Young Money labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne. It’s way too nasty and f-bomb-filled to include here.
But what set off many fans was the “Nazi imagery” used in the video, including a swastika-like recreation of the Young Money logo. Some cited the “anti-semitic vibe.” Others mentioned that it was “super uncomfortable” and “disgusting.”
In an Entertain This! poll, 67% were calling for an apology from Minaj.
On Monday, Abraham H. Foxman, national director for the Anti-Defamation League also slammed Only, saying, “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism.” He Foxman also called the video “deeply disturbing and offensive” and said that it “is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of that era.”
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.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 11, 2014
E! points out that Drake, who raps on the track, is Jewish, but he has yet to comment on the video via social media.
Minaj has now issued an apology, saying, “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 added in other tweets: “Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish. And, she says that “the artist who made the lyric video for Only was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called Metalocalypse and (the film) Sin City.