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Nicki Minaj Apologizes Says Producer of Her Nazi-Themed Video is Jewish

Nicki Minaj accepted responsibility for her new   video for her song 'Only' because it evoked Nazi imagery. (Photo: Getty)

Nicki Minaj accepted responsibility for her new video for her song ‘Only’ because it evoked Nazi imagery. (Photo: Getty)

Nicki Minaj apologized for her new music video after it outraged many because of its Nazi-themed imagery, although she noted that the video’s producer happens to be Jewish and the inspiration came from a cartoon.

Her statements on twitter are the latest twist in a blow up that began with the release of the video, which has been viewed almost 2 million times on YouTube.

Although it doesn’t contain any Nazi symbolism, such as the swastika, it does evoke images of Nazi propaganda rallies leading up to World War II and the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also protested the imagery.

“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL’s national director and a Holocaust survivor.

In a series of messages on social networking site Twitter, the rapper offered an apology and some explanation behind the origin of the video.

“I didn’t come up w/the concept, but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art,” she wrote.

“Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish,” she added.

The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called “Metalocalypse” & Sin City.”

Minaj was referring to “Metalocalypse,” a TV-MA rated animated series that debuted in 2006 on Adult Swim. It does not air on the Cartoon Network.

It focuses on a death metal band called Dethklok, and often portrays dark and macabre content, mixed with black humor and cursing; which explains the cartoon’s consistent rating.

Sin City is the neo-noir action movie produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, which also has dark themes and stark imagery.

Check out Nicki’s video below and a video of Metalocalypse, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter. Warning: Both videos contain strong language and images.


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