Nicki Minaj knows how to keep us talking. With the visual controversy from her “Only” video spilling over from the weekend into the week, Nicki Minaj finds some comfort with her “new beau.” The guy in question is also the man in charge of overseeing the official lyric video.
Fresh from her trip to Glasgow where she played hostess and performer at the 2014 MTV EMAs, Nicki touched down in Los Angeles with a new face. The rapper revealed they mystery man to be be “Alex,” a videographer and, her “new Jewish boyfriend.” There goes our hope that Nicki Minaj and her ex, Safaree Samuels will get back together again or is Miss Minaj trolling us all?
Nicki has since apologized for the video stating, “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,” then later appearing with a quiet Loucas, saying, ““Why the f**k would I do that? We did this together.” Director, Jeff Osborne issued a statement of his own, without any cares to give of his own, stating:
“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?”
Lots of reactions from all across the board.
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