Nicki Minaj Denies Nazi Influence in “Only” Video, Apologizes

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 11.11.14 in News

UPDATE: The director of the video, Jeff Osborne, released a statement (not an apology) to MySpace regarding the visual representations. Read his statement in full below.

Nicki Minaj has responded to criticisms of the lyric video for her latest single “Only.” The animated clip, directed by Jeffrey Osborne, drew a rebuke from the American Defamation League over what the group considered to be “Nazi imagery.” Now, The Pinkprint rapper has weighed in the controversy, apologizing if the video caused offense while saying the artist who came up with the concept was inspired by a cartoon and a comic book. “I’d never condone Nazism in my art,” Minaj tweeted earlier today.

Her response in full: “The artist who made the lyric video for ‘Only’ was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called ‘Metalocalypse” & Sin City. Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish. 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.”

Director Jeff Osbourne, however, remains unapologetic. In a statement to MySpace, Osborne said:

Before I start, be clear that these are my personal views and not the views of Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, or Young Money.

First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question. 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: MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme court, and the Lincoln Memorial. What’s also American is the 1st Amendment, which I’ve unexpectedly succeeded in showing how we willfully squeeze ourselves out of that right every day.

Despite the fact heavy religious and economic themes were glossed over, there’s also Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (not manufactured until 1966), an Italian Ferrari, and a Vatican Pope.

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. What else is trending?

You can watch the video by clicking here.