• Sky Ferreira Responds To Accusations Of Racism Over New Video
  • Posted 13 months ago by Staff · music · 7699 Views
  • Sky Ferreira has responded to accusations of racism related to her new video for “I Blame Myself”. As the Guardian reports, a number of tweets and Facebook comments about the video accuse her of using black people as props in the video. Read her angry response to the accusations, via Facebook below.

    You can watch the video in question at the bottom of the article.

    “Some people are accusing of being racist. I usually do not need to feel the need to explain myself (which I'm not) but I DO feel the need to share my thoughts on the situation. Nothing upsets me more than being called racist because that is one of the most hateful things anyone can be. Not only do I find it insulting towards myself but I also feel insulted for the actors & dancers & my family in the video. No, I did not use black back up dancers as "props". I never have and never will look at any human being as a prop. That's disgusting. It's also an idea that has never crossed my mind,which is what I find questionable of the people telling me that I did so. Dancers are objects?!?!?! How dare you! Dancers make things come to life. If they were white would they be considered "props"? I auditioned a bunch of dancers, all races & my dancers were the best ones. I know that you have to be socially aware & mindful of others but when I look at this video I don't see race as a issue. Stop trying to search for something that isn't there. Comments like "rich little white girl exploiting the black people & the ghetto"...I never exploited anyone & I don't use people in any shape or form. My brother is half black. My cousins are black. My family is Latina & Native American. Some of my family is in the video. I wasn't raised in a "white" house hold & I'm not little & I have financially supported myself since I was 15 years old. I'm a woman,not a fucking little girl. Because I have pale skin & green eyes doesn't mean I was raised in Beverly Hills and have Swedish film investor parents or whatever some have created in their minds.

    Would you feel more at ease if I danced with a bunch blonde white boys at a mall? Should I consciously only cast white dancers for now on? If I'm racist does that mean you're pro-segregation?! I'm from LA & shot the video there. I referenced 90s hip hop videos and Michael Jackson because both of those things inspire me & played a big part of my childhood”

    • Kind of a big coincidence to cast 5 black dudes for a video that is shot that looks in surroundings one would call "the ghetto" for a music video that has nothing really to do with the text.
    • Ari Gold Posted 13 months ago · 145
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzvTMY8FzPw Here is the Behind the Scene for the Musicvideo where the director says: "Sky is set in the quintessential American Ghetto (..) and these thuggish kinda guys end up being her boys" I think the motive of the video was pretty clear.
    • Ari Gold Posted 13 months ago · 104 Reply
    • Those brothaz was also this little chicken's protection on the hood. Some cat mighta turned this bitch out. Make this young girl work fo' a nigguh. Unlike these fools dancin'.
    • Long Dong Silver Posted 13 months ago · 150 Reply
    • I would care more if the music wasn't shit
    • Joe Posted 13 months ago · 120 Reply
    • The day we shot this she specifically called for the "black up dancers." Annonymous
    • Set PA Posted 13 months ago · 109 Reply
    • A couple of fun facts: 1- this girl and the producers are idiots 2- No, Michael Jackson never looked tough surrounded by thugs in any video. It was cute. 3- a girl looking like her in the hood looks like a strawberry. A trick turnin' HO. Don't fool yourself kid this is no homage to the King of Pop. That is delusion talking.
    • Stu Lantz Posted 13 months ago · 99 Reply
    • The makers of this video made bad decisions. It is racism to use a people as they did here with African Americans. It would be no different if she performed this song on the set of 12 Years a Slave. It's too bad she is not a popular artist, as she deserves an even bigger backlash.
    • Jmes Posted 13 months ago · 105 Reply
    • I like how she is calling out her Black family in her whining. Hey Sky! My President is Black! Have some respect! The video's concept is weak. What is she gonna screw the cop who arrests her at the end? W E I R D.
    • Rob D Posted 13 months ago · 103 Reply
    • I liked auto tune when it was used blatantly. Not when it is quietly making up for a lack of singing talent. She is hot though. I have a penchant for heroin addict girls. They like my skrilla.
    • B Mobbin' Posted 13 months ago · 104 Reply
    • Yes please re do this video and perform a country version at The Mall of America with cowboys and Lumberjacks. Thanks
    • White Pride Posted 13 months ago · 102 Reply
    • Dragging her Black family into this is like Gwyneth Paltrow using the word "nigga" cuz she's friends with Jay Z.
    • LB Posted 13 months ago · 94 Reply
    • She just shoulda let this one go. Just cuz you're from LA doesn't give u the right to go into some random neighborhood and use it as your backdrop. She would have looked as awkward in East LA with some Mexican Gang banger types dancing. This is stereotyping plain and simple.
    • Dick Gacenia Posted 13 months ago · 100 Reply
    • Her voice sounds like an LP that was left out in the sun. The only racist here is the dirty cop that took her in for dancing with black men. Does this take place in the '60s?
    • Armando Broncas Posted 13 months ago · 92 Reply
    • I'm Mexican and you don't know what Yor sayin Holmes . I would treat this haina with the respect she deserves in my barrio. She can come over to listen to oldies and taste my chorizo ese.
    • Jose Posted 13 months ago · 86 Reply
    • I bet she's banging Donald Sterling. Dirty birdie.
    • Clip Her Posted 12 months ago · 86 Reply