Nicki Minaj‘s new militaristic video for her song “Only” has garnered quite a bit of controversy for its visuals, which many fans are likening to Nazi imagery. The Anti-Defamation League also finds the video’s visuals troubling, and released a statement on Monday about the “unadulterated Nazi imagery” in Minaj’s video.
ADL National Director and Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman, issued this statement:
“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism. The irony should be lost on no one that this video debuted on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” pogrom that signaled the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.
It is troubling that no one among Minaj’s group of producers, publicists and managers raised a red flag about the use of such imagery before ushering the video into public release.
This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era. 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.“
In the profanity-laced video, below, Minaj plays a military dictator amidst an army of soldiers wearing red armbands with a stylized version of the Young Money emblem on them. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Drake are also featured as planes drop bombs from the air.