- Sky Ferreira Responds To Accusations Of Racism Over New Video
- Posted 17 months ago by Staff · music · 11950 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”
- 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 17 months ago · 146 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 17 months ago · 135 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 17 months ago · 143 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 17 months ago · 139 Reply