Sky Ferreira Accused Of Racism Against Black People Over New Video
Singer and song writer Sky Ferreira is in the hot seat following the release of her latest music video which features African-American back up dancers and takes place in Compton, CA. Fans lashed out shortly following the video’s release accusing Sky of being racist against black people.
via The Guardian
Singer Sky Ferreira has been accused of racism following the release of her new video for the single I Blame Myself. Responding to the allegations with a lengthy Facebook post, Ferreira has said that she felt “insulted” by the charges.
In the video, the singer appears as a kind of gang leader, called up to settle a dispute. She’s then pictured dancing with her black male crew, and is arrested and interrogated.
“I’m tired of seeing black people used as props,” one person wrote on Facebook, while another tweeted: “a #racist mess. She, white woman, dances in Compton in front of #POC [people of colour]”. Other comments included “Just because racism isn’t intentional or blatant doesn’t mean it’s not racism”, and “these actors BECAUSE of their skin color are automatically reduced to the neighborhood setting you shot this video in”.
Sky took to her Facebook page to respond to the backlash shortly after, saying she was appalled at being called a racist when she has African-American family members.
“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.”
Ferreira then goes onto question whether or not the performers would be considered as “props” if they were white, and states that she had auditioned dancers of “all races” but chose the most skilled performers. She concludes her post by outlining how her video was inspired by 90s hip-hop and Michael Jackson:
“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 f*****g 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 [of] blond 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.”
You can check out the video below and then let us know in the comments section: Do you find the video offensive or racist?