Jewish Group Disturbed by ‘Insensitive’ and ‘Offensive’ Nazi Imagery in New Nicki Minaj Music Video
Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday blasted pop star Nicki Minaj for her latest music video Only released last week.
Describing Nazi-themed imagery in the clip as “deeply disturbing” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, said the clip “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.”
Directed by Jeff Osborne, the video depicts a cartooned Minaj as a military dictator surrounded by red banners similar to those used by the Nazi Party during World War II. Soldiers are shown lined up with red armbands mirroring those worn by Hitler’s soldiers.
Foxman said it was “troubling” that no one from Minaj’s team, including her publicists and managers, “raised a red flag” about the use of such imagery before releasing the music video to the public.
“This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era,” he added. “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.”
Only also featured rappers Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, as well as Drake, who is Jewish. The track is a pre-release from Minaj’s forthcoming album The Pink Print.
The controversial Nazi-like imagery in the music video has also sparked outrage among Minaj’s fans on Twitter. One Twitter user wrote on Saturday, “hey @NICKIMINAJ thanks for the blatant nazi imagery in your new video! really great allusion to persecution &genocide.” Another wrote to Minaj on Friday, “i <3 you. but making a nazi themed video, w/yourself as a sexy Hitler & your initials looking like a swastika? disrespectful :(“. One user told the pop singer “U let us down.”