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Is Florence + The Machine's New Music Video Racist?

According to an on-line debate that has erupted on the YouTube page for the clip, then POSSIBLY!
That’s right, upon the release of the music video for No Light, No Light, the new single from Florence + The Machine off of her new album, Ceremonials, many users of the social networking site singled out a scene, featuring singer Florence Welch being harmed by a voodoo doll before being rescued by an all-white choir of young boys – because of the thematic connotations, as well as one actor wearing ‘black face and body paint!’
onaheatwave observes:

“Oh man, it’s a├»┬╗┬┐ good thing those little white choir boys were there to save her from that big, black voodoo doing black man! I love the song, but I also will not be rewatching.”

25karibear maintains:

“Its a video about a girl and her demons, of loving someone and that moment you realize they never felt the same. If all you get from this is some stupid race accusation, then maybe you should restrict yourself to videos of Sesame St. characters.”

However, chinklicious counters:

“Art can be offensive too. The black man as a mysterious voodoo artist, a bag over his head so he is dehumanized…t he black man chasing the white woman who falls into the safe hands of a gaggle of white school children while the black offender is shrouded in dark shadows.
“If this isn’t subtle (or not so subtle) racism then I don’t know what is. This is the kind of stuff that people watch and subconsciously internalize,├»┬╗┬┐ and is ultimately projected as outwards racism.”

Inneresting arguments, right?
Watch the video for yourself (above)!
What do U think?? Is there some racism going on here??

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Nov 24, 2011 08:00am PDT