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Nicki Minaj Apologizes For Nazi Imagery In ‘Only’ Lyric Video

Nicki Minaj’s “Only” lyric video is the latest visual offering from the Young Money rapstress to come under fire. After receiving flack from the Anti-Defamation League for “exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” Nicki took to Twitter to issue an apology. Stating that she was not behind the video’s concept and that the producer and videographer in charge of the video are Jewish, the rapper took “full responsibility:”

UPDATE: The "Only" lyric video creator, Jeff Osborne, admitted to the use of Nazi symbolism. Read his statement (not apology) below: “Before I start, be clear that these are my personal views and not the views of Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, or Young Money. First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism. But a majority of the recognizable models/symbols are American: MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme court, and the Lincoln Memorial. 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. Despite the fact heavy religious and economic themes were glossed over, there’s also Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (not manufactured until 1966), an Italian Ferrari, and a Vatican Pope. 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?”

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