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Nicki Minaj is catching flack for using Nazi-themed imagery in her new video.
The lyric video for the single “Only” released online on Saturday shows the Queens-raised rapper as a fascist figure presiding before an army of soldiers wearing red arm bands.
NickiMinajAtVEVO/via YouTube Critics say the video flaunts Nazi-themed imagery, including soldiers wearing red arm bands. NickiMinajAtVEVO/via YouTube Minaj was hosting the MTV European Music Awards in Scotland on Sunday night. She has not addressed the controversy. NickiMinajAtVEVO/via YouTube Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown appear on the track.
The logo for her record label, Young Money, appears on large red and black banners, looking very much like swastika flags.
Almost immediately, critics on social media began slamming Minaj for glorifying Nazism and intentionally referencing Third Reich propaganda imagery.
Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown, who are featured on the track, appear in the animated video styled as corporate tycoon, the pope and a general.
Minaj, who hosted the MTV European Music Awards in Scotland on Sunday, hasn’t responded to the controversy, but the video’s director, Jeff Osborne, has acknowledged the outcry on Twitter, Vulture reported.
The run up to the release of the 31-year-old rappers second album, “The Pinkprint,” has been accompanied by a parade of controversy, beginning with the racy cover and raunchy video for the single “Anaconda.”