Sky Ferreira, who is currently on tour with Miley Cyrus, is under fire for newly released music video for her song “I Blame Myself,” in which she plays the leader of a black gang in Compton, Calif.
Ferreira says the video isn’t racist and that it’s demeaning to the “well spoken & aware” black actors involved to claim it as such. But wait, isn’t that comment racially insensitive?
The furor erupted surrounding the video earlier this week and Sky Ferreira was slammed on Facebook and Twitter.
I'm tired of seeing black people used as props.
— Olu Alege (@ReallYSL) April 17, 2014
Who the fuck let @skyferreira make this video. The distributed vastness of its racism should prevent all of them from working in the arts.
— H.I.S.S. (@shallowrewards) April 16, 2014
I am guessing Ms. Ferreira isn’t a racist person, but the video is racially insensitive. Period. It plays on a number of stereotypes about young black men. For example, in the opening shot, two black guys in a car drive up, to another black guy leaning on a tree. He looks around suspiciously…”Sup fellas, whatchy’all want?” They give him a glare. One of them makes some gestures with his hands, some type of code. The other understands and exclaims, “F*ck you, get the f*ck off my block.” Sky Ferreira shows up to save her gang of black men from these glaring villains. Are you kidding me?
Sky Ferreira’s defense of the video is equally shameful. In a poorly punctuated and long-winded Facebook post she argued that she chose her all-black dance crew because they were the “best ones” that came to auditions. Um, I guess these guys were the best people to audition for the roles of black thugs and black guys driving a car with jacked-up hydraulics. Then she throws in the fact that she has a “half-black brother.” Um, so that gives her the right to make a racially insensitive music video. Whatever.