*Nicki Minaj is getting an earful from folks who think her new lyric video for “Only” is full of Nazi-themed imagery.
The lyric video for the single “Only,” released Saturday, has Nicki looking like a fascist figurehead overseeing an army of soldiers sporting red armbands. The logo for her record label, Young Money, appears on large red-and-black banners…looking a little too much like swastika flags.
There’s also war-themed animation, and Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown, who are featured on the track, appear styled as a corporate tycoon, the Pope and a general.
Almost immediately, critics on social media began slamming Minaj for glorifying Nazism and intentionally referencing Third Reich propaganda.
— Melissa Morgan (@melissamorgs) November 8, 2014
The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement that it was “deeply disturbed by the unadulterated Nazi imagery.”
“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,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said.
“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,” said Foxman, a Holocaust survivor. “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.”
Minaj, who hosted the MTV European Music Awards in Scotland on Sunday, hasn’t responded to the controversy, but the video’s director, Jeff Osborne, has acknowledged the outcry on Twitter, Vulture reported.