…all sorts of defenses and excuses are being pulled out of the hat to try and label this music video as anything other than what it is: racist. Fans of Welch’s have offered their own version of events, including: “it’s not blackface, he’s green!” “It’s not blackface, people in Britain don’t know about blackface.” “It’s not blackface, it’s a representation of darkness.”
Glorifying the white female central character as representing goodness, all while vilifying the evil dark skinned heathen Other is not new. The number of times this has been done in film date back to one of the very first blockbusters, D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, and continue on until today with this latest incarnation. But in this age of “colour-blindness” and “post-racial” talk, we confront a fairly new beast: vehement denial."