Nicki Minaj has responded to criticisms of her "Only" lyrics video, which The Anti-Defamation League has accused of exploiting Nazi symbolism.
When Nicki Minaj's "Only" video hit the web last week, it immediately attracted some negative attention. Fans were quick to point out the similarities between the military imagery in the animated video, and that of Nazi Germany-- from the color scheme, to the YM symbol's uncomfortable resemblance to a Swastika.
A few days after fans expressed their distaste with the aesthetic choices of the clip, The Anti-Defamation League stepped in to voice their disappointment with Nicki.
Early this morning, Minaj finally responded to the uproar on Twitter. According to the rapper, the visuals were influenced by the Cartoon Network show "Metalocalypse", as well as Frank Miller's Sin City. She goes on to mention that two of the main people responsible for the clip were in fact Jewish.
While Nicki claimed that the idea was not her own, she took full responsibility, and apologized to anyone that was offended by the video. She closed her statement by confirming, "I'd never condone Nazism in my art".
View her tweets below.
The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called "Metalocalypse" & Sin City.— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 11, 2014
Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 11, 2014
I didn't come up w/the concept, but I'm very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I'd never condone Nazism in my art.— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 11, 2014