Anti-Defamation League claimed the clip glamourises the Third Reich
Nicki Minaj has responded to accusations that the video for her recent single ‘Only’ uses Nazi imagery and glamourises the Third Reich.
Among those to criticise the rapper included 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. Many critics have also taken to Twitter against the video. ‘Only’ will be included on Minaj’s upcoming album ‘The Pinkprint’ and features guest spots from Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown who, alongside the 31-year-old, appear in the video in animated form. Click below to watch.
Posting on Twitter today (November 11), Minaj asserted that director Jeffrey Osbourne was inspired by cartoons and comics and not Nazi imagery, though she did accept responsibility for the video and apologised to anyone who had been offended. “I’d never condone Nazism in my art,” she wrote.
Responding to the tweets, the ADL welcomed the apology: “We are pleased that Nicki Minaj has taken full responsibility for the video and recognised that it was indeed offensive,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Her clear renunciation of Nazism is an important step.”