Anti-Defamation League officials have taken aim at rapper Nicki Minaj for using Nazi symbolism in her video for new single “Only”.
The animated promo, which was released on Friday, features the rapper as the leader of an army featuring her Young Money record labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne.
The video does not include any blatant Nazi symbols, but ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman insists the imagery used is similar to Nazi propaganda.
He says, “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly 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.
“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.”
He adds, “This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialisation 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 has yet to respond to the video attack.