Nicki Minaj “Only” Director Jeff Osborne Says He’s “Not Sorry” For Nazi Imagery
While Nicki Minaj apologized earlier on Tuesday for the Nazi imagery in her new video “Only,” the director is 100 percent “not sorry.” In a post on MySpace, director director Jeff Osborne fully acknowledges that the imagery, including the armbands, gas masks, and flags are “all representative of Nazism,” and makes clear he’s “not apologizing.”
Osborne notes he’s expressing his own “personal views and not the views” of Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown or Young Money. And in the same breath in which he’s “not apologizing for my work,” which includes Nazi images, he goes on to state that there are many symbols of America in the video, including a Sidewinder missile, a SWAT uniform, the Supreme Court, and the Lincoln Memorial. Osborne then asks, “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.”
After griping that detractors “glossed over” the video’s “heavy religious and economic themes,” with images of Russian T-90 tanks, an Italian Ferrari, and a Pope, Osborne concludes, “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?”
As Gossip Cop previously reported, a day after the Anti-Defamation League blasted Minaj for making a “deeply disturbing” music video that evoked “Third Reich propaganda” and “unadulterated Nazi imagery,” the singer tweeted, “I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”
What do you think about the director, Jeff Osborne, making a point of not apologizing and stressing he’s “not sorry” for symbols suggestive of Nazism?