Khloe Kardashian & Nicki Minaj Blasted as Racist
They’ve both been on the receiving end of criticism before, but never have they been slammed as racist! Nicki Minaj and Khloé Kardashian were in hot water when they were accused of using “deeply disturbing and offensive” images and words last week.
Is Nicki’s promo A Nazi Video NastY?
Anti Defamation League officials in the US have taken aim at rapper Nicki after Nazi symbolism was used in her video for new single Only. The animated promo, which was released last week, features the Anaconda hitmaker as the leader of an army including her Young Money record label-mates Drake and Lil Wayne. The video does not feature the swastika, but ADL national director Abraham H Foxman insisted the imagery is similar to that used by the Nazis. “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” he said. “It’s troubling that no one among Minaj’s group raised a red flag about the use of such imagery before ushering the video into public release.”
Apologising for causing offence, Nicki, 31, claimed the parallels were unintentional and has insisted she’s sorry for any offence caused. “The artist who made the lyric video for Only was influenced by a programme on Cartoon Network called Metalocalypse & Sin City,” she tweeted. “I’d never condone Nazism in my art.” Yet the video’s director has refused to apologise for his part in creating the work and insisted it had been “misinterpreted”. Jeff Osborne admitted he did use imagery that was “representative of Nazism” in a small part of the video, but only to educate younger fans as part of a broader political statement. In a message on Myspace.com, he wrote: “First, I’m not apologising 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 symbols are American: SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme Court, and the Lincoln Memorial.” The unrepentant visual artist added: “If my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry.”
Khloé’s KKK meme
Meanwhile, Khloé’s been stirring up her own racial storm by sharing a meme that can only be described as more offensive to the eyes than that picture of Kim (see page 28). Koko, 30, shamefully posted a pic of herself, Kim and Kourtney dressed in all white and captioned it: “The only KKK to ever let black men in.” The attempt at a joke was supposed to be both a nod to the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan, hers and Kim’s dating history and their shared first-name initial. Very few people on Instagram saw the funny side, however, and the inevitable character assassination onslaught ensued. One user stated: “Do not defend Khloé Kardashian with ‘But she’s dated black men’. That’s a meaningless detail at this point. Full stop.” Another said: “The fact that Khloé even celebrating being associated with the KKK, given their role in black genocide through the times, is bad”, as someone else blasted: “Khloé’s brother in-law is black, her ex is black, her niece is partially black, her current bf is Middle Eastern, yet she jokes about KKK?” The reality star deleted the pic hours later, but is the damage already done?