Nicki Minaj Under Fire For Alleged Nazi Imagery In “Only” Lyric Video — WATCH
Nicki Minaj is under fire for allegedly using Nazi imagery in her new lyric video for “Only.” As Gossip Cop reported, the newly-released track features the star, Drake, and Lil Wayne rapping about whether or not they “f*cked.” While the lyrics have raised eyebrows for their sexual content, its the lyric video that’s now causing a bigger controversy.
The black-and-white video is reminiscent of propaganda films from World War II. Minaj appears in a cartoon form, as a dictator whose soldiers wear red armbands that are drawing comparisons to those the Nazis wore. Flags with an overlapping Y-M symbol (representing label Young Money) are being compared to swastikas. Chris Brown, who sings the hook, appears animated in a soldier uniform as explosions go off. A cartoon Drake portrays a priest, while Wayne is animated as a suited businessman, with warfare and gas masks shown.
Backlash has been strong on Twitter, with users writing comments like, “Nicki minaj’s new video makes me very uncomfortable whether it was intentional or not I don’t think it’s ok to use nazi imagery like that.” A few people directed their comments to the singer, writing, “@NICKIMINAJ nicki as a person of jewish heritage i am begging you to take down the ‘only’ lyric video as its nazi imagery disturbed many.” Another user wrote, “why did nicki use nazi propaganda in the only video??? why would she wanna be comparing herself to hitler?? @NICKIMINAJ U let us down :(.”
Some people also directed their criticism to Drake. “you cant try to say that @NICKIMINAJ hasnt used nazi imagery. its insulting and disgusting. just cos drake is half jewish doesnt make it ok,” tweeted one user. Someone else wrote, “@Drake I don’t get how you’re Jewish participating in a video that is clearly mimicking Nazi propaganda like are you dumb or do u not care?” There’s also more than 3,000 comments on the video’s YouTube page debating the controversy.
“Only” is not the only Minaj video to spark a firestorm this year. The rapper’s clip for “Anaconda” caused an uproar of its own for its strong sexuality. In her new Billboard cover story, Minaj defends the video saying, “I went overboard with the video to show that I’m not going to hide. And those big-booty dancers I have, they’re not going to hide. Black girls should feel sexy, powerful and important too.”
Minaj, who is set to host the 2014 MTV EMA on Sunday, has not responded to the “Only” criticism. Check out the video below, and tell us what you think.