"Anaconda" may have earned Nicki Minaj ire from feminist groups, but her latest single "Only" has infuriated and offended a whole bunch of people from Jewish communities around the world, to her fans on Twitter.
The lyric video, which depicts Minaj and the other featured artistes Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown in the form of Manga cartoon characters, has a deep Nazi undertone to it.
With visual elements that are strikingly similar to the Third Reich, "Only" shows the cartoon version of Minaj, who is depicted as a powerful military leader, walking amongst soldiers whose red armbands, has an uncanny resemblance to the Swastikas worn by Nazi soldiers during the Holocaust, in which over a 11 million people were slaughtered.
Many users took to Twitter to express their disdain for the video, before Minaj finally acknowledged the Nazi imagery and sort of apologised for the same, while claiming that she was in no way associated with the concept.
Ashtree had posted, "Disgusted by Nazi imagery in @JOsborne32's video for @NICKIMINAJ's "Only." Think before you make something that you want to call "art."
Jaakob Flash posted, "Tried to find artistic reasoning but only saw association to the #nazi #thirdreich in #NickiMinaj new video"
Minaj further revealed that Jews were involved in the making of the video: "Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish", which must justify the visual imagery in the video.
Drake, who is part-Jewish and has even had a Bar Mitzvah, was also a featured artiste in the video.
In response, comedian Raven Bast posted, "Filming a slavery-inspired video inspired by Nicki Minaj's "Only" video. TMZ, meet me @ LAX. Grab my slave descendant pal. (Insert sarcasm)."
While the rapper has tried to appease the outraged fans, the video's director and visual artiste Jeff Osborne stands by his choices. In an interview with MySpace, Osborne said that "the flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism" and refuses to apologise for his work.
"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," Osborne stated in the article, for which he took full responsibility and said has no affiliation to how the artistes in the video feel.
Meanwhile, Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor and Anti-Defamation League National Director said in a statement, "... this video debuted on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht... that signalled the beginning of... the Holocaust."
He further added, "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."