Nicki Minaj and her Young Money crew are facing serious allegations following the release of their lyric video for Only. The video and the artists are under attack for use of what seems to be Nazi imagery.
The Only lyric video opens with Nicki seated at a throne surrounded by Young Money symbols. While this may sound like a typical hip-hop video scene, something is very different. The visuals are very reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. In fact, the Young Money (YM) symbols surrounding Nicki seem to reference the Nazi swastika. The questionable imagery doesn’t stop there. It seems that Drake is depicted as Pope, the Bible is plastered with a YM symbol and fighter jets are circling before an immanent attack. Watch the full video here.
The video has created quite an uproar. The Anti-Defamation League National Director and Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman offered this angered statement to FOX411:
“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.”
While I agree with Foxman’s statement, I must pose a few questions. First, I’ll say that I feel Foxman is correct in saying the imagery used is insensitive and a little unnerving. The video is a bit troubling. But haven’t we seen this type of visual imagery in the past? I think back to Pink Floyd The Wall. That film was 95 minutes of brutally intense WWII imagery. And then there’s Madonna’s Like a Prayer video featuring the burning crosses; enough said there. And let’s not forget the anti-feminist portrayal of women in nearly every music video known to man. Controversial is what these artists do best; its what keeps them relevant. With that said, is it right?
Vanessa Rao | CW44 Tampa Bay