American rapper Nicki Minaj on Tuesday apologized for her music video "only," after coming under fire for using Nazi-like images in it.
Filmed in black and white with splashes of red, the video, which first appeared on YouTube on Friday, features swastika-like symbols, massed soldiers, tank columns and planes dropping bombs. Minaj herself is depicted as a dictator.
In series of tweets, Minaj apologized to anyone who may have been offended by the video, saying that although she wasn't the one to come up with the concept, she takes full responsibility for it. "I'd never condone Nazism in my art," the tweet said.
The artist who was behind the video "was influenced by the cartoons Sin City and another called "Metalocalypse," she wrote. In another tweet, Minaj noted that her both her producer, and one of her best friends, were Jewish.
The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called "Metalocalypse" & Sin City.— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 11, 2014
Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 11, 2014
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.— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 11, 2014
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