Nicki Minaj's new music video for "Only" has come under fire for imagery that's very reminiscent of red, black and white Nazi iconography and propaganda from Adolf Hitler's reign over Germany. The vid, which also features Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne, portrays Minaj as a cartoon dictator with soldiers saluting her. There are also giant red banners with a Y-M symbol on them that resemble a Nazi swastika.
The controversial video has fans and critics everywhere talking (and not in a favorable way).
"Nicki Minaj's new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture's exploitation of Nazi symbolism," Abraham H. Foxman, the national director for the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, told ABC News Monday. "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."
Foxman also called the video "deeply disturbing and offensive" and said that it "is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of that era."
Another interesting thing to note about the Nazi-like imagery is that Drake, who raps on the track, is Jewish (he has yet to defend the video via social media). So far, Minaj hasn't addressed the controversy surrounding her video.