Within the clip for the rock band’s live performance movie 1984 “Cease Making Sense,” the star is proven interviewing himself, whereas donning black and brown face to impersonate a number of non-White individuals.
The 68-year-old musician took to social media on Tuesday to precise his remorse after the classic clip resurfaced on-line.
“To look at myself within the varied characters, together with black and brownface, I acknowledge it was a serious mistake in judgment that confirmed a scarcity of actual understanding,” he wrote in sequence of posts shared on his Twitter web page.
“It is like wanting in a mirror and seeing another person — you are not, or weren’t, the particular person you thought you have been.”
Byrne said that he was “grateful” that the problematic sketch had been highlighted by a journalist.
“We’ve got enormous blind spots about ourselves — effectively, I actually do,” he mentioned. “I would prefer to suppose I’m past making errors like this, however clearly on the time I used to be not.”
The singer-songwriter continued: “Like I say on the finish of our Broadway present American Utopia ‘I want to vary too’… and I imagine I’ve modified since then.”
The “As soon as In A Lifetime” hitmaker signed off by saying he hoped that followers may afford him some “grace and understanding” to “develop and alter” so the previous will be examined with “honesty and accountability.”
Just lately, Byrne has been firmly on the aspect of campaigners highlighting police violence in opposition to Black individuals. In his “American Utopia” concert events on Broadway in New York final 12 months, he sang a canopy of Janelle Monae’s anthemic “Hell You Talmbout,” the refrain of which runs: “Say his title!”, “Say her title!” and lists the names of victims of police violence.
Earlier than launching into the music, Byrne advised audiences he had known as Monae to ask how she would really feel about “a White man of a sure age” singing her protest music — and that she had authorized.
“I’ve carried out dozens of impressions of well-known individuals, together with Snoop Dogg, Oprah, Eminem, Dick Vitale, Rosie, and lots of others. In every case, I considered them as impersonations of celebrities and nothing extra,” he mentioned on the time. “Wanting again, many of those sketches are embarrassing, and it’s irritating that these inconsiderate moments have turn into a weapon utilized by some to decrease my criticisms of social and different injustices.”