Some People Are Upset Nicki Minaj Appropriated Nazi Imagery for ‘Only’ Lyric Video

'The Pinkprint'
See the cover for Minaj's upcoming album.
Nicki Minaj is no stranger to controversy or criticism, but it’s possible her latest release will land her in some especially hot water.

On Saturday, Minaj shared the lyric video for “Only,” a song from her upcoming album, The Pinkprint. The song features Lil Wayne, Drake, and Chris Brown. The video, meanwhile, features an uncomfortable amount of Nazi-inspired imagery.

The animated video, which you can watch above if you are so inclined, (the song isn’t all that great, so feel free to pass, especially if genocide-as-entertainment isn’t your thing) features images that will, to anyone who’s ever cracked open a history book or turned on a television, look disturbingly familiar. The Young Money logo as a stand-in for swastikas, gas masks, tanks, uniformed armies at the ready. And this for a song about how Minaj claims she never slept with Wayne or Drake. In one word: classy.

Unsurprisingly, many people are unhappy with the video. Here are but a few examples:

And so on.

The video’s director, Jeff Osborne, has been retweeting criticism (but not, it should be noted, responding to it). One could read this as a deliberate provocation, which might lead one to believe the original purpose of the video was to elicit a negative (though buzzy) reaction. Some people might call that a cheap stunt. Other people might just it what it is: garbage.

Minaj, who was busy preparing to host (and then hosting) the MTV EMAs, also has yet to respond.

[Vulture, Gawker]