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Nicki Minaj's 'Only' director won't apologize for lyric video's Nazi imagery

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Nicki Minaj apologized to viewers who noticed Nazi imagery in the lyric video for her latest song, “Only,” but the video’s director isn’t quite as remorseful. In fact, he’s not remorseful at all.

“First, I’m not apologizing for my work,” Jeff Osborne, the director of “Only,” told MySpace, “nor will I dodge the immediate questions. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.”

The animated video caught the attention of the Anti-Defamation League Monday, and they issued a statement condemning the video. “This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era,” they wrote. “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.”

On Osborne’s part, he sort of claimed he was trying to do good for the youth. “I think it’s actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future,” he said. “So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry.”

Read Osborne’s full statement:

Before I start, be clear that these are my personal views and not the views of Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, or Young Money.

First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.

But a majority of the recognizable models/symbols are American: MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, 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.

Despite the fact heavy religious and economic themes were glossed over, there’s also Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (not manufactured until 1966), an Italian Ferrari, and a Vatican Pope.

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?