So far, the visuals for Nicki Minaj’s upcoming Pinkprint release has garnered about as much attention as the actual music. Adding to the controversy is Minaj’s lyric video for her latest single “Only,” which has been accused of exploiting and glorifying Nazism. According to Billboard, Anti-Defamation League director and Holocaust survivor expressed his outrage at the video in the following statement:
“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism. The irony should be lost on no one that this video debuted on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” pogrom that signaled the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.
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.
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.”
In response to the social media backlash, the video’s producer Jeff Osborne has only retweeted criticisms, but neither the “Anaconda” rapper nor her representative have issued a response. The video for “Only” features an animated Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown and has an overall military theme complete with army tanks, soldiers, images of gas masks, Molotov cocktails and missiles making impact with targets on the ground. Most notably, however, is the red, black and white Young Money symbol that is prominently displayed on the soldiers’ armbands and flags that looks very similar to the swastika that has become synonymous with Adolf Hitler’s regime.