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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nazi Imagery Isn't The Only Problem With Nicki Minaj's "Only"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

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Yesterday, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to justify, defend and — we're actually pleasantly surprised — apologize for her new, animated video for "Only", which also features Drake, L'il Wayne and (oh God, this guy again) Chris Brown. The controversy started over the weekend when the lyric video emerged and Twitter users immediately pointed out the obvious Nazi-related imagery and, rightfully, objected. In case you haven't seen how much this thing glamorizes the Third Reich, check it out after the jump:

On Monday, the Anti Defamation League's National Director, Abraham H. Foxman (a Holocaust survivor), called the clip "a new low" and went on to say: "This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era. The abuse of Nazi imagery is deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews and all those who can recall the sacrifices Americans and many others had to make as a result of Hitler’s Nazi juggernaut."

The following morning, Minaj responded with three separate Tweets: "The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called "Metalocalypse" & Sin City... 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."

In an immediate sense — at least for any regular human who, you know, thinks about stuff from time to time — it's difficult to imagine how Minaj didn't see how this video was going to be a problem. But figuring out how this blunder occurred isn't actually that tricky once you have a good listen to the level of crass stupidity and self-indulgent posturing that "Only" offers up. Frankly, we're left wondering why anyone would even make a lyric clip for a song with such ridiculous content. 

Let's just break down what "Only" is about, in a handy list, just so we're clear:
1. Who Nicki Minaj has or hasn't fucked
2. The size of Nicki Minaj's ass
3. The size of Nicki Minaj's "titties"
4. What Drake thinks of the size of Nicki Minaj's ass and "titties"
5. Bitches ("Thick," "Independent," and otherwise)
6. Niggas ("Rich," "Real," "Boss," and otherwise)
7. Hoes
8. Poultry
9. Hiccups
10. Burps
11. L'il Wayne's urine
12. L'il Wayne shooting people in the face (with guns, not urine)
and, finally,
13. L'il Wayne's assertion that Nicki Minaj's sexual partners aren't getting the job done.

Does anyone else feel like they're taking dumb-ass pills?

Looking at these lyrics it's difficult to know whether to laugh or cry. On the one hand, it's almost impossible not to guffaw at the amount of butt-related content here ("Eat my ass like a cupcake" with a straight face? Really?). On the other, it is beyond depressing that the people that created this laughable nonsense are some of the biggest artists in the country. Does anyone really care about Nicki Minaj's ass THIS much? Who knows...

One thing's for sure, when you're dealing with people this self-involved and proud of it, it is no wonder Nazi imagery gets glamorized in the mix and none of them even notice until it's pointed out by the general public. Ultimately, everything about "Only" just feels like one giant metaphor for horrifying political things going unnoticed because everyone's too busy getting wrapped up in celebrity gossip and famous people's asses. There are lessons to be learned here for the artists involved — we're just pretty sure they're all too busy looking in the mirror, or at Minaj's ass, to notice. 

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