Nicki Minaj killed the MTV EMAs last night, but today she is in hot water over the lyric video for her single “Only,” which features a cartoon dictator version of herself ruling over a fictional regime, which many people are saying looks a whole lot like Nazi Germany.
“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, in a statement to FOX411. “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.”
Red and black flags fly through the air and soldiers with arm bands are seen lined up in the video, with many viewers saying the symbols resemble the swastika.
The video came out on Friday, and over the weekend it gained attentioned on social media, with many users and fans criticizing the symbolism and Nicki’s poor judgment.
I love Nicki minaj but not as much when she does a video glamourising nazi like imagery. Nicki why did you do the thing, girl. Come on.
— Leigh Meyer (@LeighJaneyMeyer) November 8, 2014
Totally disgusted by Nicki Minaj! Making fashion from swastikas in her music video is disturbing! People died due to the Nazi regime!
— Hannah ❤⚾ (@RaysGoddess) November 8, 2014
Some even criticized Drake, who is half Jewish, for appearing on the track.
@Drake I don’t get how you’re Jewish participating in a video that is clearly mimicking Nazi propaganda like are you dumb or do u not care?
— solange is my love (@solo16362688) November 9, 2014
Nicki minaj's video for only is so anti-Semitic yet drake ft and is a Jew ????
— maddie (@maddieedean) November 9, 2014
No word from Nicki or her team yet.