Social Media Irate Over Nicki Minaj's 'Nazi' Video

Video features swastika-like symbols, massed soldiers, tank columns and gas masks.

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A new music video by American rapper Nicki Minaj has aroused a ruckus on social media for its Nazi-like imagery and less-than-subtle lyrics.

Titled “Only” and featuring musicians Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, the video first appeared on YouTube last Friday, The Daily Dot reported.

Filmed in black and white with splashes of red, the video features swastika-like symbols, massed soldiers, tank columns and planes dropping bombs. Minaj herself is depicted as a dictator.

The online criticism has ranged from charges of anti-Semitism to people dismissing the video as "shock value."

“You may also have missed that later in the video the word ‘chamber’ is shown over a gas mask,” redditor stanfordy wrote in a thread about the video. “I don’t care if that was accidental, put that in the same video as Nazi imagery and it’s alluding to genocide.”

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