NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Rapper Nicki Minaj apologized Tuesday after her new video was criticized as being “insensitive to Holocaust survivors” and an “abuse of Nazi imagery.”
National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham Foxman called the video “a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism” Monday.
“I didn’t come up with the concept, but I’m very sorry and take full responsibility if it has offended anyone,” Minaj Tweeted. “I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”
The ADL quickly welcomed Minaj’s apology.
“We are pleased that Nicki Minaj has taken full responsibility for the video and recognized that it was indeed offensive,” Foxman said. “Her clear renunciation of Nazism is an important step. We hope that she will take further steps to educate herself and her fans about who the Nazis were and why we should never take genocide or the Holocaust lightly.”
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The video is for Minaj’s “Only,” which also features rappers Drake and Lil Wayne and singer Chris Brown.
The video features the track’s lyrics superimposed over animated images.
Minaj is depicted in front of squads of standing men who resemble stormtroopers, who are wearing red armbands around their left arms and a “YM” logo in a white circle against a red backdrop.
Other images in the video depict rows of tanks and Minaj on a throne surrounded by tall red banners featuring a “YM” logo, which stands for “Young Money,” the name of Minaj’s record label.
The video had been viewed nearly 2 million times on YouTube as of Tuesday morning.
“Some people are going to understand the messages that you’re trying to deliver,” Jermaine Hall, editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine, told CBS 2’s Don Champion Monday. “Some people are going to understand you pushing the envelope and trying to push a project. And some people are going to be absolutely mortified.”
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