Director Jeffrey Osborne admits Nazi-inspired imagery hours after Minaj denied it
The director of Nicki Minaj‘s new video has admitted using Nazi-inspired imagery in the clip hours after Minaj took “full responsibility” for any offence caused.
Jeffrey Osborne admitted to being inspired by Nazi emblems in the lyric video for song ‘Only’, but added that he was not sorry for the video’s content.
“First, I’m not apologising for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question,” Osborne told Myspace. “The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazis.”
The director, who has been retweeting some of the criticisms aimed at him on social media, noted that his sentiments were his own and did not reflect those of Minaj, her label Young Money, or the other artists who appear on the song.
“As far as an explanation, I think it’s actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future,” Osborne continued. “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?”
Among those to criticise Minaj for the video were the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who claimed the piece bears a resemblance to Nazi propaganda films, with the red banners and soldiers wearing red armbands being similar to Nazi iconography.
Yesterday, Minaj denied Osborne had been influenced by the Nazis and claimed he instead took inspiration from Sin City and the cartoon series Metalocalypse. “Both the producer and person in charge of overseeing the lyric video (one of my best friends and videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish,” the singer wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t come up with the concept, but I’m very sorry and take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”
‘Only’ will be included on Minaj’s upcoming album ‘The Pinkprint’ and features guest spots from Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown who all appear in the video in animated form. Minaj hosted the MTV EMAs over the weekend in Glasgow.