Nicki Minaj has issued an apology for her most recent music video that uses Nazi imagery.
The video debuted on Friday, November 7, and shows an animated group of soldiers with red arm bands and symbols that resemble swastikas. The same symbol is visible on Minaj’s chest in the video.
The Anti-Defamation League quickly criticized the video. “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” the national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman told FOX411 in a statement.
“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,” he added.
After the backlash, Minaj took to Twitter to offer her sincerest apologies, claiming that she would never condone Nazism in her videos.
“The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called “Metalocalypse” & Sin City,” Minaj tweeted. “Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish. I didn’t come up w/the concept, but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”
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