David Byrne Issues Apology for Wearing Blackface

04 Septembre, 2020, 00:34 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • David Byrne Issues Apology for Wearing Blackface

Byrne took to Twitter to address the incident, which occured in a promo for his 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense.

To watch myself in the several people, which include black and brown confront, I acknowledge it was a important mistake in judgement that showed a lack of serious comprehension. "It is just like looking in a mirror and seeing somebody else- you are not, or weren't, the person who you believed you had been".

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has apologized for wearing blackface-style makeup in a 1984 skit.

Byrne's statement comes amid a wave of similar blackface controversies across the entertainment industry, involving comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel, Ant and Dec, and Little Britain creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

Byrne said his apology came after a journalist highlighted the existence of the Stop Making Sense sketch.

Taking to social media this week with a series of tweets, he wrote: "Recently a journalist pointed out something I did in a promo video skit in 1984 for the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense".

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"We have huge blind spots about ourselves - well, I certainly do", Byrne added.

In a recent piece in our From The Vault feature, we took a look back at one of the more freaky bits of promo you're ever likely to see as David Byrne interviewed himself, changing between roles and characters as he did.

Byrne's American Utopia film - directed by Spike Lee - is expected to drop on October 17. I'd love to think I'm beyond making errors such as this, but obviously in the time that I wasn't.

"I'd just about forgotten about this skit", he continues, "and I'm grateful that it has been brought to my attention". 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. It's like wanting in a mirror and seeing another person else- you are not, or were being not, the particular person you assumed you ended up.

"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 will be examined with honesty and accountability".



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