Nicki Minaj: I’m “Sorry” For Nazi Imagery In “Only” Video – READ APOLOGY
Nicki Minaj is finally apologizing for the Nazi imagery in her lyric video for the song “Only.” As Gossip Cop previously reported, Minaj’s video uses several symbols evocative of Nazi-era Germany, including having the singer’s cartoon likeness stand as a dictator in front of soldiers wearing red arm bands like those of SS officers. The video, which features an animated Chris Brown as a soldier, Lil Wayne as a businessman, and Drake as a priest, has a similar look to the type of Nazi propaganda films made by Leni Riefenstahl, featuring gas masks and an interlocking Y-M symbol (for the record label Young Money) that’s drawn comparisons to swastikas.
On Monday, Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham H. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor himself, called the video “deeply disturbing” for evoking “Third Reich propaganda” and “unadulterated Nazi imagery.” He also found it “troubling” that no one in her camp spoke up before the video’s release.
Now Minaj is (sort of) taking responsibility and saying she’s “sorry.” On Tuesday morning, in a series of tweets, the singer wrote, “The artist who made the lyric video for ‘Only’ was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called ‘Metalocalypse’ & Sin City.” She added, “Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish.” Then, Minaj tweeted, “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.”
What do you think of Minaj’s apology for all the Nazi imagery in her “Only” video? Is it sufficient or too little and too late?