Nicki Minaj BLASTED By ADL For “Deeply Disturbing” Nazi Imagery In “Only” Video

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Nicki Minaj Nazi Video ADL Reaction

By Shari Weiss

Nicki Minaj Nazi Video ADL Reaction


The Anti-Defamation League is BLASTING Nicki Minaj for the “unadulterated Nazi imagery” in her new lyric video for “Only.”


As Gossip Cop reported, the rapper has come under fire for seemingly appropriating symbols and more from Nazi-era Germany in the black and white clip that is reminiscent of propaganda films. Minaj, in cartoon form, appears as a dictator in front of soldiers with red arm bands similar to those worn by SS officers. Warfare, explosions, and gas masks are shown, with an animated Chris Brown appearing as a soldier, Drake as a priest, and Lil Wayne as a businessman. Flags with an interlocking Y-M symbol (for the record label Young Money) have drawn comparisons to swastikas.

That has all left the ADL “deeply disturbed.” The organization’s national director Abraham H. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor himself, says in a statement:

“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism. The irony should be lost on no one that this video debuted on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the ‘night of broken glass’ pogrom that signaled the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.

It is troubling that no one among Minaj’s group of producers, publicists and managers raised a red flag about the use of such imagery before ushering the video into public release.

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.”

Minaj, who hosted the 2014 MTV EMA in Scotland on Sunday, has yet to respond to the criticism. What do you think of the controversy?

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