Rapper Nicki Minaj has apologised for causing offence with her new music promo Only, which Anti-Defamation League (ADL) officials blasted for its alleged use of Nazi symbolism.
The ADL's national director Abraham H. Foxman condemned the video for being "insensitive to Holocaust survivors" by using imagery similar to Nazi propaganda, which he called "deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews".
Minaj has now responded to the criticism, claiming the parallels are unintentional, but insisting she is sorry for any offence caused by the animated promo, which was released on Friday (07Nov14).
She writes on Twitter.com, "The artist who made the lyric video for Only was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called Metalocalypse' & Sin City... Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish... I didn't come up w/ (with) the concept, but I'm very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I'd never condone Nazism in my art."