FKA Twigs is being called online for including what critics are calling blackface in her latest music video.
In the video for “thank you song”, the English musician gets on a double-decker bus. She ends up sitting next to, leaning against a man dressed in black, portrayed by Michele Zan. she says he is portraying a mythical creature. As far as music videos go, it’s more reserved.
However, some viewers had issues with the way Zan, a fair-skinned black man, darkened his skin to make it appear as if his skin was black. His costume left some questioning what he’s supposed to be, with some questioning if the costume is also racist.
why should she give him a black face😭😭😭 that looks really bad to me rn
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Some called on FKA Twigs to remove the video or apologize.
Others offered the alternative of casting someone black in the music video, but that could still lead to falling into racist tropes.
According to an FKA Twigs Instagram Stories post, the other person (portrayed by Michele Zan) in the music video is her “guardian angel and mythological protector.” In this post, which breaks down some of the music video’s symbolism, FKA Twigs explained that she often imagines her “guardians as magical figures, animals and birds drawn from Greek mythology and fables that (she) loved as a child.” .
“The mythological figure in the song of thanksgiving represents the strength, warmth and reassurance I needed to deal with my demons in the last few years of my life,” she wrote. “He will take care of me and protect me on my lonely journey home.”
She noted that the metallic sparkle on the character’s skin “refers to his otherworldly presence that cannot be found or replicated in human form.”
One person in the video pointed out the costume’s similarities to Pan (a Greek deity).
The Daily Dot has reached out to FKA Twigs officials for comment.
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*Initial publication: May 10, 2022 7:24 pm CDT
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and television/film critic at the Daily Dot. Covering entertainment, geek culture and pop culture, she has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She lives in Brooklyn.
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