Lyric videos are dumb to begin with, but when you add Nazi imagery to the mix — as Nicki Minaj recently did — they go from being a waste of time to completely unacceptable.
On Saturday, the rapper released a lyric video for her new song "Only," and everything from the color scheme to the red banners with swastika-like Young Money logos to the SS-style armbands Minaj's "soldiers" wear are designed to purposefully invoke the Third Reich.
And while it's not uncommon for pop culture to draw inspiration from Nazi Germany, it's certainly troubling to see Minaj comparing herself to Hitler as though it's a compliment.
Many fans have taken to Twitter to criticize the video, with some even demanding it be taken down. Minaj hasn't responded to the controversy; however, the video's director, Jeff Osborne, has been retweeting criticism.
Another one of Minaj's recent music videos, for her song "Anaconda," also received its fair share of backlash, though for a very different reason. In response to criticism about her bootylicious video, Minaj told V Magazine that the critics were being "disrespectful" because "They don't say anything when they're watching the Victoria's Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day... Shame on them for commenting on 'Anaconda' and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualized business we're a part of."
You can watch the full video for "Only" below. Do you think it should be taken down?