"Look up from your smartphone and smell the fuckin' roses, I'm trying to help you!"
The best explanation for the Nazi imagery is from the director Jeff Osborne is in Billboard Magazine:
I made this creative decision to show the juxtaposition of the most iconic form of totalitarianism and ways it still exists today, specifically in politics, the military-industrial complex, censorship, and intense monitoring and tracking of our citizens. It has nothing to do with glorifying Hitler or the Holocaust. People think it's trivializing the Holocaust because the song talks about sex, but I have no control over the lyrical content.
I had an opportunity and an outlet, which I knew would reach millions of people, and wanted to make a statement. The term New World Order isn't just an edgy pop culture reference. It is very real and was a term used by president George H.W. Bush, ironically 10 years to the day before 9/11.
We have a government that tracks us, monitors us, has programs dedicated to controlling our minds and testing diseases on us, and no one asks any questions. People aren't privy to things like MK Ultra, the School of the Americas, the fact that the Bush family owned Securacom, which was in charge of security for the World Trade Center, Dulles Airport, and United Airlines.
The fact that in every recent war, the opposition leader has worked for the CIA. I'm not saying I know all the facts, but do people really think there isn't more to the story? Look up from your smartphone and smell the fuckin' roses, I'm trying to help you!
People vilify artists for using this type of imagery in their work as if they're part of the 1% club. Believe me, any artist who has brain cells know they're not in the club. In my opinion it's not glorification, it's a subliminal warning because you can't openly say these kinds of things. Me? I don't give a shit. I have no corporate interests, PR team, or image to maintain.
My comment about the First Amendment was in regard to people demanding the video be removed, not their interpretation of the video, which I welcome openly, whether positive or negative, because that's the point of art.
Business InsiderIt is interesting to see how other mainstream publications, such as Business Insider, focus on the fluff surrounding the controversy but there is no mention of the real issue, the police state or the New World Order.
Nicki Minaj was blasted this week for her new “Only” lyric music video, which resembled cartoonish Nazi propaganda.
On Tuesday, Minaj finally tweeted an apology of sorts after both her fans and the Anti-Defamation League noted the video’s insensitive similarities to Nazi imagery, including red swastika-like flags and armbands on soldiers.
While Minaj tried to defend herself by saying “I didn’t come up w/the concept, but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone,” the music video’s director, Jeff Osborne, refuses to apologise.
“I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question,” he wrote in a MySpace post late Tuesday. “The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.”
Osborne, who also worked with Minaj on her “Anaconda” lyric video, added, “If my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry.”
Read the director’s full, controversial statement below:
“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 recognisable 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 wilfully 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?”
Why do other mainstream publications focus on the fluff instead of what is important?
Alex Jones Radio Show Interview
Listen to Jeff Osborne's interview on the Alex Jones Radio Show. In this interview Jeff Osborne explains why he created the video as he did.
It is important for all of us to "hack the matrix" when we can by exposing the police state and the establishment of a New World Order.