Posted in music on April 17, 2014

Sky

The above picture comes from Sky Ferreira's new controversial video for "I Blame Myself", which is part music video, part an ad for what she is wearing, and part racist according to some. Sky defends herself in a Facebook letter that you can read under the video below...

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Sky Ferreira - "I Blame Myself" (video also viewable HERE)


SKY's FACEBOOK POST:

Thank you so much for the love & support of the video. It's something that means a lot to me. I've never seen such a big response from my fans before

I've been reading some of the responses and I had a few thoughts:

Some people are accusing of being racist. I usually do not need to feel the need to explain myself(which I'm not) but I DO feel the need to share my thoughts on the situation. Nothing upsets me more than being called racist because that is one of the most hateful things anyone can be. Not only do I find it insulting towards myself but I also feel insulted for the actors & dancers & my family in the video. No, I did not use black back up dancers as "props". I never have and never will look at any human being as a prop. That's disgusting. It's also an idea that has never crossed my mind,which is what I find questionable of the people telling me that I did so. Dancers are objects?!?!?! How dare you! Dancers make things come to life. If they were white would they be considered "props"? I auditioned a bunch of dancers, all races & my dancers were the best ones. I know that you have to be socially aware & mindful of others but when I look at this video I don't see race as a issue. Stop trying to search for something that isn't there. Comments like "rich little white girl exploiting the black people & the ghetto"...I never exploited anyone & I don't use people in any shape or form. My brother is half black. My cousins are black. My family is Latina & Native American. Some of my family is in the video. I wasn't raised in a "white" house hold & I'm not little & I have financially supported myself since I was 15 years old. I'm a woman, not a fucking little girl. Because I have pale skin & green eyes doesn't mean I was raised in Beverly Hills and have Swedish film investor parents or whatever some have created in their minds. Would you feel more at ease if I danced with a bunch blonde white boys at a mall? Should I consciously only cast white dancers for now on? If I'm racist does that mean you're pro-segregation?! I'm from LA & shot the video there. I referenced 90s hip hop videos and Michael Jackson because both of those things inspire me & played a big part of my childhood. The only thing I'm sorry for is if this post seems to come off self defensive,which it isn't meant to be...but I had to share these thoughts because it drove me up the wall. Don't demean the actors & dancers in the video. They are more well spoken & aware than you and I will ever be. Please do research before you make such shitty accusations about people. Anyways...Thank you SSENSE & Atom Factory Management & Grant Singer for making this video happen. We have been trying to make it for a while & I'm so glad I get to share it with the world now <3333333

x
Sky

What do you think?

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Comments (81)

This comment of hers is even better if you envision her eating a bucket of fried chicken while she writes it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 1:29 AM

Don't think she's any more racist than whites who adopt back culture in general. Why'd she have to go and call them well spoken though?? Isn't that the first thing racist white people always say about minorities? "He's so well spoken!" That's a chris rock bit

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DePjG71zttQ

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 2:26 AM

The director says the video was inspired by early '90s gangster rap and deliberately set in a "quintessential American ghetto." Yet she claims the locations and cast of dancers were basically coincidental? Hmm, ok.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 2:36 AM

Fucking terrible. Thankfully it's 1001 worlds away

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 2:55 AM

Not easy for you guys being white in 2014, ah?
Maybe one day you'll all get to be gilt free.
Meantime in Germany... Hmmm never mind.

Posted by ME | April 17, 2014 4:21 AM

Just think of all the decks one could get instead of a $3k jacket.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:06 AM

The song sucks. Not sure of the point of the video, having a bunch of dudes do choreographed moves to such a fluffy sounding song.
All that being said, I don't see this as racist. Race baiters need to get a life.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:06 AM

Dogfart is calling her...

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:09 AM

Did she really throw Michael Jackson out there? All her post tells me is that she really doesn't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:24 AM

Sensationalism sells

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:26 AM

Everything about this is Gross....
including her.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:27 AM

Remember when musicians made music?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:28 AM

Racist or not, that's really between her and her Maker.

But as far as the music goes, I am demanding justice and restitution for the 3 minutes of my life I will never get back.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:46 AM

sugar, water, purple

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:47 AM

Stong points.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 8:05 AM

I'll believe her once her and her boy get off the junk.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 8:07 AM

Regardless of the stupidity of this video----y'know what's more horrible? If forced to, most people would probably fucking rather listen to Lana Del Ray than this shit.

Now THAT is sad.

Posted by soysalami | April 17, 2014 8:09 AM

I'm really excited for the Sky Ferreira "Long Live John Africa" line for Forever 21

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 8:22 AM

8:09 nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 8:39 AM

All I know is.....I'd still hit it!

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 8:44 AM

Manufactured controversy to hype up a pop artist who is mediocre at best.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:06 AM

The timing of this manufactured controversy is perfect, in that she is right in the middle of her tour opening for Miley Cyrus. Create hype to get her name out there, right when she is on a major tour.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:11 AM

sweaty deck-soaked hangmeat with mandigo sauce on the side, please

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:11 AM

7:28, remember when Pitchfork and BV and other "indie" outlets used to ignore music that sounded like this?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:17 AM

9:11 - don't you have pizzas to deliver there, Shrimpy?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:40 AM

My family is part latina and indian to we were raised to love all people irregardles of skin color. we need to get along in this plant.

Posted by E.L. Fudge | April 17, 2014 9:40 AM

In this plant?

What if...like...instead of being on planet Earth in this universe...we are like...in a plaaaaant maaaaan.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:45 AM

9:40 because I'm black I gotta deliver the pizza? maybe I own the pizza shop, bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:48 AM

Remember before the internet when the only way to listen to music was to walk into a store and pay for it? And the only way you heard about new music was through friends and zines?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:48 AM

She reminds me of Corey Haim

Posted by Corey Feldman | April 17, 2014 9:49 AM

remember before electricity, when the only way to listen to music was to make it yourself or wait around in a mead tavern for some lute players to come through and perform it for you?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:50 AM

Remember ALF?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:51 AM

Wow, that is a racist video!

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:52 AM

sky ferreira is the worst

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:54 AM

how is this racist if all black people live in the ghetto and are good dancers? it's not like they're doctors or business types or something. God people, lighten up. literally. get lighter.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 9:58 AM

Remember when Buckeye Shrimper was actually funny? Yeah, me neither.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:00 AM

GUYS GUYS!! BIGGER ISSUE!

Jackson didn't need slo mo to make his moves look good!

Isn't this the real crime?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:10 AM

"well spoken" - Sky doesn't realize what a loaded, racist phrase that is. She may be too young.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:24 AM

Can we PLEASE get some more miley coverage around here?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:31 AM

I'm willing to take Sky at her word that she didn't have any racist intentions herself. However, the svengalis behind her are clearly putting her through the same paces as Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey. Show some titty, use visuals innocuous to the apathetic majority but controversial to the racially sensitive... It's a formula for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:34 AM

miley is the new radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:36 AM

Friends. Do I even want to take her to skool for all the grammar train wrecks in this post?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:56 AM

Are you suggesting Sky Ferreira isn't well-spoken?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 11:04 AM

the record company's gonna give me lots of money and everything's gonna be alright!

Posted by living, breathing protofartyr | April 17, 2014 11:20 AM

isn't this the same loser who said she was a vegetarian but it's OK to eat fish or something like that?

white trash.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 11:34 AM

"Some people are accusing of being racist. I usually do not need to feel the need to explain myself(which I'm not) but I DO feel the need to share my thoughts on the situation."

What???

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 11:46 AM

what a dolt

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 12:01 PM

...so much hummus in this thread...

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 12:12 PM

She's right though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 12:21 PM

^ very well spoken, sir. Well spoken.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 12:27 PM

Wonder which of the Holmes brought the decks for the shoot?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 12:32 PM

guys im not racist, i know so many black people

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 12:59 PM

Let me tell you about white chicks

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 1:08 PM

1:08 - Nice Dark Bros. porno reference. Their 80s movies were the best! New Wave Hookers foreva!

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 2:17 PM

Who cares if she's racist? It's not a crime. Don't buy her music if you don't like it but the witch hunts just make you look ridiculous.

Posted by A. Non | April 17, 2014 2:21 PM

Is she in Compton? I miss early gang rap music died wit the 90s who is she? Ain't she banging the Kurt Cobain wanna be that got caught with 4 bundles? She is terrible

Posted by Eazy L | April 17, 2014 3:37 PM

Who cares about this talentless bitch and the race card thing is getting old. PC wussies will whine over anything.

Amazing that acts like this get so popular off one or two tunes (usually written by other people) and base an entire career off it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 3:53 PM

@7:09 hahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 3:59 PM

I give her the benefit of the doubt cuz i got to see her titty on the album cover

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 4:45 PM

why are we not talking about how horrible her makeup looks?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 5:00 PM

"remember before electricity, when the only way to listen to music was to make it yourself or wait around in a mead tavern for some lute players to come through and perform it for you?"

I was around then. I actually saw Sigur Ros before they were big play Joffrey's wedding in King's Landing before he choked to death. I was a bit upset that they didn't get to do an encore but I guess the king just wasn't feeling it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 5:28 PM

Bish saying white people can't dance is racist.

Posted by Led Teo | April 17, 2014 6:20 PM

Black people scare me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 7:23 PM

5:28 my bitch cousin had tickets for that show and wouldn't give me one. sooooo mad, to this day.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 8:51 PM

Am I the only one that thinks she looks like a space alien? Freaky deaky.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:13 PM

When you suck that much, you need all the black people you can get.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:23 PM

She's insulted for the actors & dancers in the video? Think how they feel? They had to be in a video with a talentless rich white girl to make a days pay.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:27 PM

Sky Ferreira: hey guys back off. My great grandparents owned their great grandparents. At least this time around they're getting paid.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:30 PM

Sky Ferreira: hey guys back off. I'm just doing what Marky Mark did with the Funky Bunch. I use black people to pretend I have street cred. Then leave them in the dust when things get going for me. Ask Mark Wahlberg if he can name 2 members of the Funky Bunch now? Pretend to be black now to become rich and white later.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:36 PM

Sky Ferreira: They are not slaves, they got played. The real slaves are the ones who make my clothes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:38 PM

White wanker.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:39 PM

Come on, do I really have to watch the video to find out she's rich, white, and severely out of touch with the rest of America?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:42 PM

Sky Ferreira: Come on, just cus I use the blacks as accessories for my career, is that like, a bad thing? Have you heard the rest of my music? Just give my a pass on this.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:45 PM

Suge Knight would've never let this happen.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2014 7:49 AM

@4:21 - what am I supposed to feel guilty for as a white person, I never owned a slave?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2014 11:25 AM

Sky Ferreira: hey guys back off. My great grandparents owned their great grandparents. At least this time around they're getting paid.

Posted by blogger | April 21, 2014 12:55 PM

Addicted to this song!

Posted by Fife | May 7, 2014 7:05 AM

12:55 : the ugly truth. think they ran a train as compensation, I mean, retribution?

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2014 7:24 AM

Jesus Christ, call her (and her music) what you want, but why claim that all pop artists are shit? I like the song and it's lyrics quite a lot. I certainly like her more than Miley and Lana, that's for sure. Why is everyone so worried about liking someone for the hate they'll get about it? If I like Sky that doesn't mean I'm a pretentious idiot who knows nothing about music. It does not reflect my personality or define anything about me. I simply ENJOY HER MUSIC.

White trash? Ok. Not like that's racist or anything.

Posted by Stephania | June 1, 2014 1:26 AM

"It's also an idea that has never crossed my mind"

Yes well that is exactly the problem. People may be tired of "privilege" talk but this is exactly what it means. She didn't think about it because she didn't have to. And she probably thinks that if one of her dancers was arrested for drug possession in upstate New York he would get out on bail with his credit card, too.

Posted by Knaa | August 19, 2014 4:39 PM

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