Nicki Minaj Video Director Refuses to Apologize
The director behind Nicki Minaj's controversial lyric video for her new song Only is refusing to apologize for his use of Nazi imagery in the promo insisting his work has been misinterpreted.
The rapper released the animated footage on Friday but scenes featuring Minaj depicted as a powerful dictator leading an army of men wearing red armbands landed her in trouble with Anti Defamation League officials who claimed the clip was "insensitive to Holocaust survivors" and "deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews".
The Starships hit maker subsequently took to Twitter.com to say sorry for any offence her art may have caused insisting she was unaware of the parallels which she claimed were unintentional "I didn't come up with the concept but I'm very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I'd never condone Nazism in my art."
However director and visual artist Jeff Osborne has now broken his silence admitting he used Nazi symbolism in a small part of the video but only to educate younger fans as part of a broader political statement.
In a message he writes, "First I'm not apologizing for my work nor will I dodge the immediate question. The flags armbands and gas mask are all representative of Nazism. "But a majority of the recognizable models/symbols are American: ...SWAT uniform, General's uniform, the Supreme court, and the Lincoln Memorial. What's also American is the 1st Amendment which I've unexpectedly succeeded in showing how we willfully squeeze ourselves out of that right every day... "As far as an explanation I think its actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future. And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it's not a sappy tearjerker sorry I'm not sorry. What else is trending?"