Oh dear Nicki Minaj. You seem to have released a video with overtly Nazi imagery. With yourself as the Führer. I watched it muted whilst listening to something else. It became creepier than it was intended to be (what I was listening to was decidedly not creepy however).

Of course, lots of people pointed out the Young Money logo; it's obviously not a swastika, but stick it on a red armband, or have it emblazoned on massive banners, and, well, you have yourself a good ol' fashioned Spiritual Swastika. The Nazi aesthetics, unfortunately, are undeniable – it's all style and no substance, but that is the danger of doing something like this. Appropriate the style of something without thinking of what it might perhaps actually mean for people and you're in for trouble, basically.

But then Nicki does that classic thing of saying, (something to the extent of) I had nothing to do with it. She tweeted some things. One of which was kind of the equivalent of a standard racist's argument of but-some-of-my-best-friends-are-black: "Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish" – you see what I mean. Don't try and win points.

Next problem, which is a larger one arguably: "I didn't come up w/the concept, but I'm very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I'd never condone Nazism in my art." I didn't come up with the concept. But you let it happen anyway? You wash your hands of your music as soon as it has been nicely packaged and can be sent around the world making you money? How can you say you take full responsibility when you're still on the back foot making excuses? Lots of questions here, I know.

It raises a deeper issue of artists having no creative control over how their work is treated when it's finished: should "massive stars" like this particular person have more of a say in how their songs are treated visually, and in a promotional sense? To be so influential, so seemingly popular, yet relinquish creative control of your work once it's done (music videos don't count obviously) frankly stinks. The way the music industry goes at this high level stinks. It all stinks. This video stinks. I don't care who else is on the track. It's stupid.