Nicki Minaj is currently under fire for using Nazi imagery in the lyric video for her new expletive-ridden, sex saturated single Only.
The cartoon lyric video portrays Minaj as a ‘queen’ sitting on a throne surrounded by soldiers wearing arm bands emblazoned with a “YM’ (Young Money) sign, which was made to look like the swastikas of Nazi Germany.
Not only that, The video was reminiscent of World War II, complete with the characteristic black-and-white propaganda video feel of the era. Nicki featured Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne in the track: Drake was portrayed as the pope, Wayne a businessman and Brown a soldier in the midst of missile explosions.
The lyrics contained lines like Drake’s ‘She was sitting down on that big butt but I was still looking at the t***ies though’, Minaj rapping about her ‘big butt and big t***ies’ and Wayne saying that she acts ‘like she need dick in her life’.
The response to the Nazi-like nature of the video was swift and harsh, with those who even admitted ‘liking’ the song expressing their displeasure over the lyric video.
‘I like “Only” by @NICKIMINAJ with @drake and @chrisbrown / but who the hell thought it was ok to have the lyrics vid channel Nazi & Hitler?’ wrote one Twitter user. Another wrote, ‘OMG the Nazi imagery in the “ONLY” lyrics video is just unacceptable. Seriously? @Drake @chrisbrown @NICKIMINAJ & @LilTunechi’
‘@NICKIMINAJ nicki as a person of jewish heritage i am begging you to take down the ‘only’ lyric video as its nazi imagery disturbed many,’ pleaded one, with another asking, ‘why did nicki use nazi propaganda in the only video??? why would she wanna be comparing herself to hitler?? @NICKIMINAJ U let us down :(.’
— Ayala Maurer-Prager (@A_MaurerPrager) November 9, 2014
— Joie Martin (@smallglassworld) November 9, 2014
Some users also directed their displeasure to Drake (who is Jewish), with one writing, ‘@Drake I don’t get how you’re Jewish participating in a video that is clearly mimicking Nazi propaganda like are you dumb or do u not care?’ Another wrote, ‘@Drake The “Only” video contains anti-Semitic imagery & must be addressed Nazi imagery is never in good taste please address this to ur fans.’
Similar comments also abound in the comments section of the video’s YouTube page.
Minaj has not yet responded to the criticism.
Watch the video below (Warning: Foul language used) and decide for yourself.