Nicki Minaj Slammed By The Anti-Defamation League For Releasing Nazi-Imagery Filled “Only” Lyric Video

Mike Wass | November 10, 2014 1:56 pm

Nicki Minaj dropped an animated lyric video full of very obvious Nazi imagery on Friday afternoon (November 7) and it barely caused a ripple on social media. The fact that it coincided with the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht (a precursor to the Holocaust) didn’t seem to matter as much as the outfits she rocked at the MTV European Music Awards over the weekend. Today, the Anti-Defamation League issued an official response.

“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” begins ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman‘s scathing statement. “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.”

Mr. Foxman makes another interesting point: “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.” In particular, how could Drake (who is Jewish and features on the track) sign off on this? Nicki is yet to address the situation at all.

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[Via Spin].

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