Nicki Minaj’s new single “Only” was released this week to heavy criticism for its use of Nazi imagery.
The video’s director, Jeff Osbourne, has issued a statement on Myspace offering no apologies. The statement, which is in response to one released by the Anti-Defamation League, offered a disclaimer.
Osbourne cited his personal views and not those of the stars of the video:
Before I start, be clear that these are my personal views and not the views of Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, or Young Money. First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.
But a majority of the recognizable models/symbols are American: MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme court, and the Lincoln Memorial.
What’s also American is the 1st Amendment, which I’ve unexpectedly succeeded in showing how we willfully squeeze ourselves out of that right every day. Despite the fact heavy religious and economic themes were glossed over, there’s also Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (not manufactured until 1966), an Italian Ferrari, and a Vatican Pope.
As far as an explanation, I think it’s actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future. And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry. What else is trending?
Minaj, who is no stranger to controversy, has also tweeted in defense of the video: “Both the producer, & the person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends and videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be jewish” said the star.
An additional question for this reporter would be, “Why does Osbourne still have a Myspace?”