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Nicki Minaj tweets an apology for the Nazi imagery in her 'Only' video

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The lyric video for Nicki Minaj’s “Only” features cartoon versions of Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown—and imagery that some claim is a reference to Nazism.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, “the video evokes the style of Nazi propaganda films and portrays Minaj as a military dictator surrounded by red banners resembling those used by the Nazi Party during World War II.” Minaj says this wasn’t on purpose, though: “The artist who made the lyric video for ‘Only’ was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called ‘Metalocalypse’ & Sin City,” she wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

Like Sin City, the video is grayscale with pops of color. “I didn’t come up w/ the concept,” Minaj posted, “but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”

Here’s the video in question:

And Minaj’s response to the criticism: