Update: Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Nazi-Themed Imagery in ‘Only’ Video

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Update: Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Nazi-Themed Imagery in ‘Only’ Video

YMCMB's first lady finds herself in hot water over her latest visual.

Published November 11, 2014

UPDATE: Nicki Minaj issued an apology via Twitter Tuesday (Nov. 11) for the controversy caused with the release of her lyric video for "Only." 

"I didn't come up w/the concept," she posted, "but I'm very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I'd never condone Nazism in my art."

In other tweets, she explained the creative process. "The artist who made the lyric video for 'Only' was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called 'Metalocalypse' & Sin City. ... Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish."


PREVIOUS: Over the weekend, while Nicki Minaj was preparing to host and perform at the MTV European Music Awards, the lyric video for her newest single "Only" was released. Unfortunately, the visual hasn't been met with open arms.

The video has caused some controversy because of the fascist-like imagery that the PinkPrint MC chose to use, showing her ruling an army sporting red armbands with "YM" (for Young Money) on them that look similar to the armbands with swastikas that were notoriously worn by Nazi's under Adolf Hitler's regime.

"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," said Abraham H. Foxman, who is the Director of The Anti-Degamation League Director and a Holocaust survivor.

This is the second time this year that the femcee has taken some heat for using historical imagery that some find offensive. Back in February, the cover art used for her single "Lookin' A--" was an iconic photo of Malcolm X standing outside of his home with a rifle in order to protect his family. She later addressed the controversy in "Chiraq."

As of now, there has been no comment from Nicki Minaj or her reps on the lyric video for "Only."

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Written by Taj Rani


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