When rapper Nicki Minaj apologized for controversial imagery in her new "Only" music video, she shifted attention to her videographer, a Carlsbad High School alum.
Nicki Minaj's "Only" music video came under fire for its use of what many perceived to be Nazi imagery, and for that, the rapper is very sorry.
"I didn't come up w/the concept, but I'm very sorry &take full responsibility if it has offended anyone," Minaj wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "I'd never condone Nazism in my art."
"The artist who made the lyric video for 'Only' was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called 'Metalocalypse' & Sin City," she noted, referring to the animated clip's black and white imagery, which unfortunately resembled Adolf Hitler's propaganda.
She added: "Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish."
A. Loucas is Alex Loucas, identified by Minaj as her boyfriend on Monday at LAX, according to Access Hollywood.
AH reports that the 25-year-old videographer is an alum for Carlsbad High School in San Diego.
Loucas has been touring with the artist since 2012, according to a FB post on a page used by the school's alumni.
The animated clip, which also features Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne, portrayed Minaj as a cartoon dictator and included imagery resembling a Nazi swastika. Mr. Foxman called this imagery "deeply disturbing and offensive," says it is "insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of that era."
On Monday, Abraham H. Foxman, the national director for the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, told ABC News Minaj's video " disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture's exploitation of Nazi symbolism."