After killing it at this year’s EMAs doing double duty as host and performer. Onika seems to have ruffled more than a few feathers with the release of her lyric video for “Only”
With Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Drake by her side, the Anti-Defamation League has accused Niki of using Nazi imagery in the video. Directed by Jeffrey Osborne, the video showcases Minaj as a dictator.
Despite the fact that there isn’t a swastika in the video, the ADL has gone after Minaj for what they believe to be insensitive imagery. Abraham H. Foxman, director of ADL and a Holocaust survivor issued this statement:
Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism. The irony should be lost on no one that this video debuted on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” pogrom that signaled the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.
It is troubling that no one among Minaj’s group of producers, publicists and managers raised a red flag about the use of such imagery before ushering the video into public release.
This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era. The abuse of Nazi imagery is deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews and all those who can recall the sacrifices Americans and many others had to make as a result of Hitler’s Nazi juggernaut.
While Nicki has yet to comment on the controversy surrounding her video, Drake who is half Jewish also hasn’t spoken against the video, so maybe he’s cool with it?
Watch it for yourself below.