In a 1984 promotional video for the Speaking Heads live performance movie Cease Making Sense, David Byrne appeared as each himself and a wide range of interviewers, together with males of shade. At present, Byrne apologized on Twitter, insisting that “the past can be examined with honesty and accountability.”
Byrne, whose 2019 Broadway present American Utopia has been tailored as an HBO movie by director Spike Lee and can debut in October, defined that he’d forgotten concerning the video till just lately reminded by a journalist.
“To watch myself in the various characters, including black and brown face, I acknowledge it was a major mistake in judgement that showed a lack of real understanding,” Byrne writes. “It’s like looking in a mirror and seeing someone else- you’re not, or were not, the person you thought you were.”
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On Broadway, Byrne carried out a stirring model of Janelle Monáe’s 2015 protest track “Hell You Talmbout,” during which he and his band members, recruited from all over the world, recite an inventory of Black women and men killed by police. Every night time, simply earlier than the track, Bynre famous that he sought and acquired Monáe’s blessing to carry out it.
Right here is the total textual content of Byrne’s tweet:
Lately a journalist identified one thing I did in a promo video skit in 1984 for the Speaking Heads live performance movie Cease Making Sense. Within the piece I seem as various completely different characters interviewing myself, and among the characters portrayed are folks of shade
I’d nearly forgotten about this skit and I’m grateful that it has been dropped at my consideration.
To observe myself within the varied characters, together with black and brown face, I acknowledge it was a serious mistake in judgement that confirmed a scarcity of actual understanding. It’s like wanting in a mirror and seeing somebody else- you’re not, or weren’t, the individual you thought you had been.
We’ve big blind spots about ourselves- nicely, I actually do. I’d prefer to assume I’m past making errors like this, however clearly on the time I used to be not. Like I say on the finish of our Broadway present American Utopia “I need to change too”..and I imagine I’ve modified since then.
One hopes that folk have the grace and understanding to permit that somebody like me, anybody actually, can develop and alter, and that the previous may be examined with honesty and accountability.
The Cease Making Sense video:
And right here is Byrne performing “Hell You Talmbout”: