We’re a bit late on this, but Nicki Minaj recently let go of her lyric visual for the Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown-assisted ‘Only’ (which is taken from her forthcoming album The Pinkprint)…and it has apparently gotten a lot of folks upset over its Nazi-style imagery.
The backlash from the clip is so bad, if fact, that Nicki herself has since taken to Twitter to apologise:
The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called “Metalocalypse” & Sin City. Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish.
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.
On the other hand, the video’s director — Jeff Osborne — doesn’t care to apologise at all:
Before I start, be clear that these are my personal views and not the views of Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, or Young Money. First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.
But a majority of the recognizable models/symbols are American: MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme court, and the Lincoln Memorial. What’s also American is the 1st Amendment, which I’ve unexpectedly succeeded in showing how we willfully squeeze ourselves out of that right every day.
Despite the fact heavy religious and economic themes were glossed over, there’s also Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (not manufactured until 1966), an Italian Ferrari, and a Vatican Pope.
As far as an explanation, I think its actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future. And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry. What else is trending?
What are your thoughts on the lyric video?