WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Pop star Nicki Minaj is facing backlash after some said her new music video, for the song "Only", uses Nazi symbolism.
The Anti-Defamation League claims the singer is being insensitive for the images that portray images similar to what was seen during WWII in Germany during Adolf Hitler's rule.
While the video does not outright use any swastikas, a South Florida Holocaust survivor said the imagery is horrifyingly close to what she saw and experienced while imprisoned inside the Auschwitz concentration camp. "I lost my family within five minutes. I walked off the train, and then there I was. My family was gone. And this is what you saw," said Irene Zisblatt, a Holocaust survivor.
Zisblatt was ripped from her native Hungry and sent to Auschwitz when she was 13-years-old. Now, at 84-years-old and living in South Florida, Zisblatt said, she is reliving all of those painful memories of the Holocaust through the music video Minaj released. "Oh, it hurts very much. I see my parents being ushered into the gas chamber by these, you know, these armband [soldiers] with the rifles," said Zisblatt.
Zisblatt said it is the colors, the armbands, the marching soldiers and waving flags that she and the Anti-Defamation League said are alarming. "It trivializes the Holocaust to a younger generation," said Yael Hershfield, an associate senior director at the Anti-Defamation League of Boca Raton.
The director of the video, Jeffrey Osborne, released a statement saying, "I'm not apologizing for my work." He later admits the images are "all representative of Nazism".
Osborne also wrote, "It's important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future."
Additionally, Osborne said the most effective way of connecting is through "pop culture".
As a survivor, who actually experienced the Holocaust and the killing of more than 6 million Jewish people, Zisblatt could not disagree more. "This is wrong. There's nothing else in here for them to learn except hatred," said Zisblatt.
Minaj released a statement regarding the controversy on Tuesday via Twitter. "I didn't come up with the concept, but I'm very sorry and take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I'd never condone Nazism in my art," wrote Minaj.