Nicki Minaj has apologised for her new music video created for her song Only. The video has been criticised in the media, and more importantly, on social media, for depicting what appears to be Nazi imagery. Minaj tweeted that she was “shocked” to discover that Adolf Hitler the artist was also Adolf Hitler the genocidal dictator who committed the Holocaust and took Europe down the path to World War 2.
“While I know of the German Chancellor named Adolf Hitler, I thought it was just a coincidence. You know, like the way Albert Einstein is both a scientist and a comedian,” Ms Minaj said during an EMA interview, referring to the famed scientist, and the actor/director more commonly known as “Al Brooks”, “or how Oliver North is a corrupt former staff member of the National Security Council who played a key role in Iran-Contra, and a beloved Fox News political commentator.”
“While I absolutely disagree with rounding people up and sending people to concentration camps on the basis of their ethnicity, if you completely ignore Nazi context, Hitler was basically the Kanye West of fashion. They both wore Hugo Boss.”
Minaj was also under criticism for releasing the video on the 76th Anniversary of Kristallnacht but dismissed this claim. “Hitler did a lot of bad things, if we had to wait until a point of time that wasn’t an anniversary of a tragic event, we’d never be able to appropriate Nazi iconography for pop consumption.”
The Anti-Defamation League also released a statement because of course they did.