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Nicki Minaj Under Fire for Nazi Imagery in 'Only' Lyric Video

Nicki Minaj Under Fire for Nazi Imagery in 'Only' Lyric Video

Nicki Minaj is getting a lot of backlash after featuring Nazi-like imagery in the lyric video for her latest single “Only.”

The Anti-Defamation League released a statement speaking out against the video, in which the 31-year-old rapper plays a military dictator leading an army of soldier wearing red armbands. Read it below (via Billboard):

  • 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.

    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.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Nicki Minaj’s lyric video for “Only”?


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  • MY

    Guys, you’re giving her too much credit, she probably doesn’t even know what the Third Reich was and thinks it’s cool. Let’s face it, girl doesn’t have much brains if she’s putting this in her video.

  • barbls23

    The lyrics are crude, degrading and disgusting! Forget the clear use of Nazi imagery. Selling this to the public as music is an affront to music. Who buys this stuff! Unbelievable!!

  • fromanotherplanet

    Nicki, in your own words, YOU A STUPID HOE! STUPID! STUPID!

  • Legendary Trolly

    This video is DOPE AF!!! Nicki can RAP!!! I get what she was trying to do by offending whites. White media was going crazy over her butt when she performed. All whites probably seen this video due to the controversy, and in the song she actually spoke about her butt and the attention it got recently! I think her lyricism is dope as HELL!! Wayne, and Drzzy killed it too.

  • Far Out Man

    Calm down people. It’s just Nicki Minaj pissing off people to get attention again. And she did just that.

  • gwen0444 .

    It isn’t just her…I am so sick of these flash in the pans coming up with more and more inappropriate videos thinking this will be uber controversial and keep them relevant. I do not even get how the rap is in anyway connected to any army never mind hitlers. The poster is also right…so many videos have illuminate symbolism or satanic references and the reality is that most of these musicians don’t have the brains or the smarts to come up with these videos and put in these references. None the less I am sick of the constant idea of wanting to shock…and nick I is definitely replaceable.

  • gwen0444 .

    Hey do u think she is offending just whites and that’s her intention…she isn’t smart enough. This wasn’t her idea. She is just a dumb azzed puppet. This video offends all nationalities for many reasons and you are clearly uninformed. Some stuff blows over and is forgotten and others can be career killers. It is my hope that this cartoon character just killed her career..

  • Legendary Trolly

    Dumb? This chick is a rap genius and more talented than allot of male rappers. Watch the video again, and tell me she didnt kill her verse! She spit better than Drake and Wayne! You may not like it but you will have to deal with it. She has actually ghostwrote music for Wayne and Rihanna!

  • gwen0444 .

    Really a genius or just someone who can rhyme really fast. Don’t give credit where it is not due. She is dumber then dumb. She has made her body cartoonish and freakish. She sounds like an annoying Minnie Mouse when she talks and god, now this video. Go back to the sixties when rockers really understood the political climate and sung and fought for chage. Nicki not smart enough and don’t insult the word genius by putting it in the same sentence as that idiot.

  • Legendary Trolly

    Anyone can rap fast. She’s a punchline rapper, She can change her voice and has alteregoes in her music. She wrote music for Wayne and Rihanna and both of those artist take themselves serious. Your one of these internet haters that comes on here and bashes every famous person. And I can tell your white and probably dont know anything about music. I dont care about her body although she is s*xy af I would do anything to her. I dont listen to “rockers” who make political music and fight for “chage”! You dont know a lick about urban music! Gone somehwere!

  • Emily Bryant

    ok first off Hitler only liked people that were white blonde haired and blue eyed so legendary trolly i think you were a little incorrect to say it would offend white people. In what way would it offend white people?? Hitler didnt like people who looked different than your average white person. He didnt like any other race that looked different than him. So by nicki’s sellout ass putting this stuff in her video proves how much she actually cares for her own race. Hitler would have put every race that was different than him in those horrible places to rot and die like we aren’t all God’s precious children if he had the chance. So knowing how sick evil twisted and RASCIST that man was wtf would anyone want to put that crap into there music video only a complete waist of life working for the WHITE man to promote complete evil sick things..And yes I am white but far from a dumb white b*tch. Gain knowledge and do your homework before you start talking. Dont give a damn how well she raps it’s way bigger than that she’s still a complete sellout and waist of mind capacity.

  • Emily Bryant

    Bye the way i despise rock music its sick and twisted and annoying as f*ck but do you know what i do like people like mobb deep talib kweli rappers who actually spoke about the oppression black people have gone through things that actually matter. See nicki cant do that because she sold her soul to the devil and the WHITE man for a fake ass fake boobs and a fake crazy lookin face real people dont f*ck with that B*tch she would get her ass handed to her in the streets the richer she gets the whiter her skin gets just a straight pathetic sellout waist of human life sorry nicki we all know where your going when the one and only God comes to spew his justice on this evil place.

  • SquawPeakHiker

    LOL @ these PC clowns who have now assured NM that her video will be seen by 10 times more people (from diverse backgrounds) than if they hadn’t made such a phony fuss about about it.

    It worked like a charm. Free publicity and a huge audience. Marketing genius trumps mediocre talent 100 to 1.

  • NancyKB

    I realize there was Nazi symbolism in the background of this video, but what disturbed me more was the language and tone of her words. How pathetic to “rap” like that throwing out the ‘n’ word with no meaning. Yea, I’m white – what does that have to do with it? Her words are offensive and crude and so degrading. I dont call that music. I call it sick sh!tty fast talking to a beat. But not music. I thought it was disgusting.

  • Megan Maserati

    Hilter was brown haired and historians believe he is actual part Jewish. Lol so he technically hated himself.
    Kweli is just a money hungry sell out now and has lamer and more idiotic associated acts like ASAP and currency. I find him more annoy that nicki as some one who talks bigs and full of hope that goes off and contribute and produces terrible music that fuels black stereotypes.
    I know I’m late but I just had to voice my opinion.
    By the way alot of rock is very politically awesome and you shouldn’t put things down because you don’t understand it. And chill out on God and jesus. You can’t ever sound like a logical intelligent person if you say shit like that… Lol

  • Megan Maserati

    Hilter was brown haired and historians believe he is actual part Jewish. Lol so he technically hated himself.
    Kweli is just a money hungry sell out now and has lamer and more idiotic associated acts like ASAP and currency. I find him more annoy that nicki as some one who talks bigs and full of hope that goes off and contribute and produces terrible music that fuels black stereotypes.
    I know I’m late but I just had to voice my opinion.
    By the way alot of rock is very politically awesome and you shouldn’t put things down because you don’t understand it. And chill out on God and jesus. You can’t ever sound like a logical intelligent person if you say shit like that… Lol

  • tati

    do you actually know anything about nicki as a person, her music aside? it doesn’t sound like you do, so it’s one thing to not be a fan f her music but don’t attack who someone personally is, ESPECIALLY a celebrity because of how fucked the media and media portrayals are, unless you know them personally. The public only sees what the celebrity themselves or media wants us to see or know, so unless you have sat down with her, spoken to her and deduced that she actually is not an intellectual being, you have zero right to comment on anything about her or her life aside from her music. Talk shit about her music all you want because you have every right to do so, but you have no place in judging the artist as a person. Based off of what. Get out of here with that lol.

  • Literary License

    Yet movies, videos, and tv shows are continually released that make light of or poke fun at the horrible things Africans and later African Americans have had to endure in this country.
    Everybody thinks it’s funny it’s an expression of life and art.. until it’s them.
    Welcome to our world.
    Like yall tell us….GET OVER IT

  • Literary License

    At least Holocaust survivors received repetitions..
    .. (not like it makes what happened ok..but at least the wrong is acknowledged and there were and are steps taken to right the wrong..and provide the feeling of “justice”)..
    African..Americans have never received that from our government..we’re constantly under attack in a land that we never chose to be in…
    So excuse us.. if we’re not falling over in anguish because the memory is painful for you…
    At least you can cross the street and not be called a threat and shot down without anyone being held responsible. ..ijs.

  • Literary License

    She’s and entertainer.. not an educator..she’s paid to make “art” for the masses and yall eat it up. Stop looking for a “deeper meaning”.. there is none. ..
    Those “symbols”..mean what YOU want them to mean… dang conspiracy theorist will make a conspiracy out of why rain makes puddles

  • trollcheck

    you really expect people who troll like that to actually check out facts? good luck

  • trollcheck

    you really expect people who troll like that to actually check out facts? good luck

  • trollcheck

    some people appreciate hip hop, some appreciate rock and roll, some appreciate jazz. they get the nuances that are genre specific that many others don’t even realize exist. stop wasting your time trying to explain these things to gwen, they have no clue as to what you are even referring to. the thing of it is that people should at least try to understand the thing they choose to criticize, so your arguments look like more than just irrelevant ranting at something that you don’t understand or actually give a shit about, except to troll about on some website. and, guess what….

  • trollcheck

    people who invoke the God and Jesus clauses are ALWAYS informed and on the cutting edge, megan! LOLOL

    and, if you choose to talk about how rock is politically awesome, and defend that, you need to tell Gwen the same thing. because there is hip hop music that is exactly the same. Nicki doesn’t define hip hop, she just happens to be very famous at the moment. and even if she did, Gwen still doesn’t have a clue of what the fuck she is saying, she just doesn’t like the ‘jungle music’.

    always remember that the most powerful narratives come from someone who tells a story others can relate to. Gwen doesn’t know the reality of my life. Not saying Nicki does, or even Lil’. but there are artists out there who know the shit i face every day when i walk out my door. the reality is i could end up dead over some bullshit, and most people, including you, would not even care. so when i hear someone talk about those fears, about that reality, it rings true, it makes me feel. when an artist can do that, they have truly done their job.

    ok, i’m done. have a nice life, losers!

  • trollcheck

    people who invoke the God and Jesus clauses are ALWAYS informed and on the cutting edge, megan! LOLOL

    and, if you choose to talk about how rock is politically awesome, and defend that, you need to tell Gwen the same thing. because there is hip hop music that is exactly the same. Nicki doesn’t define hip hop, she just happens to be very famous at the moment. and even if she did, Gwen still doesn’t have a clue of what the fuck she is saying, she just doesn’t like the ‘jungle music’.

    always remember that the most powerful narratives come from someone who tells a story others can relate to. Gwen doesn’t know the reality of my life. Not saying Nicki does, or even Lil’. but there are artists out there who know the shit i face every day when i walk out my door. the reality is i could end up dead over some bullshit, and most people, including you, would not even care. so when i hear someone talk about those fears, about that reality, it rings true, it makes me feel. when an artist can do that, they have truly done their job.

    ok, i’m done. have a nice life, losers!

  • Julia Gulia

    Smh. Opinions opinions. Maybe the idea of music/tunes/melodies/art/etc has skyrocketed way over your head. Next thing let’s go back to The Wall and condemn that. Heck, let’s censor music!
    Grow up. The world doesn’t evolve to your taste – Look at your avatar – hypocrite much?

  • Julia Gulia

    You’re an a-hole. guess which one the world could use less of?

  • Julia Gulia

    Uhhh….. nope. Seen the video and listened to the song before it came out. Sad these days you thing skin color defines what my ears can only hear. I’m pretty sure rappers address the crap that comes at them.

  • Julia Gulia

    How about not troll Nicki Minaj hings if you despise her so much?
    It all goes on which side of the looking glass you are. I find types like you “dumb” “a media puppet” – comments like a temper-tantrum throwing child. You shouldn’t be allowed to pretend to know the word “genius” as you show us all what a true “idiot” is – wasting your time to post hate and drivel online to show your azz to the world.

  • Julia Gulia

    Go for it then – post us up your fastest tap so we can grind your arrogance into the dirt. Go on now – the public is waiting

  • Legendary Trolly

    Im not even a rapper and I can rap fast Lol All of the bum level rappers who are not even known that much, can rap fast as well.

  • Legendary Trolly

    I dont know what any of this means, but whatever…Lol

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