Published Nov 10, 2014Nicki Minaj has caused a controversy with a music video, and we're not talking about her butt-shaking "Anaconda" clip. Rather, the Jeffrey Osborne-directed lyric video for "Only" has attracted criticism from the folks at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who have accused Minaj of using Nazi imagery.
A press release from the ADL describes the clip like this: "The video evokes the style of Nazi propaganda films and portrays Minaj as a military dictator surrounded by red banners resembling those used by the Nazi Party during World War II. Ranks of solders are shown with red armbands mirroring those worn by Nazi soldiers."
In a statement, ADL National Director (and Holocaust survivor) Abraham H. Foxman said, "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."
He also criticized Minaj and her team for releasing the video on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht (although the clip actually came out a couple of days prior, on November 7).
Watch the video below. It doesn't directly use any Nazi symbols — there are no swastikas, for example — but its armbands and banners, red and black colour scheme, and Minaj's apparent role as a military dictator have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Even before the ADL's statement, Buzzfeed pointed out that many commenters had taken offence to the video.
Of course, there are also some who will be turned away by the fact that it features Chris Brown.
"Only," which also features Drake and Lil Wayne, will be on Minaj's album The Pinkprint. It's due out on December 15 on Young Money/Cash Money.