Nicki Minaj And "Only" Video Director Aren't Sorry For Using Nazi Imagery
The director literally said "sorry, I'm not sorry."
Nicki Minaj upset both fans and observers, including the Anti-Defamation League, last week when she released a seemingly Nazi-inspired lyric video for her new single "Only."
The video features, among other things, a Young Money logo emblazoned on a flag like a swastika and soldiers in SS-style red armbands featuring the logo.
After a weekend of silence, Minaj finally addressed the controversy with a series of defensive tweets.
First, she said the video was inspired by Metalocalypse and Sin City.
Neither of which are known for employing Nazi imagery.
She went on to play the "But some of my best friends are Jewish" card.
Before wrapping up with an "I'm sorry you were offended" non-apology.
Minaj was not helped by director Jeff Osborne, who released his own statement on MySpace.
The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism. But a majority of the recognizable models/symbols are American.
As far as an explanation, I think its actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future. And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it's not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I'm not sorry.