April 17, 2014 11:30

Sky Ferreira denies using black dancers as 'props' in row over 'I Blame Myself' video

Singer's latest music video proves controversial following online debut yesterday (April 16)

Sky Ferreira denies using black dancers as 'props' in row over 'I Blame Myself' video

Photo: Matt Salacuse/NME

Sky Ferreira has responded to criticism over her video for 'I Blame Myself', which has been branded 'racist' by fans online.

The video, which you can see here, shows Ferreira as the leader of a gang, all of whom are black men. She then gets arrested and interrogated by the police.

Reaction to the video online has been split with Twitter and Facebook users both calling the pop star out for using racial stereotypes. This led to Ferreira posting a message on her Facebook page in which she calls the racism claims "insulting" and disputes the suggestion that she used the dancers as "props".

"Nothing upsets me more than being called racist because that is one of the most hateful things anyone can be," she wrote. "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'.

She continues: "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."

You can read the full blog post, in which Ferreira goes on to explain her own family background and elaborate on the influences on her video, here.

'I Blame Myself' follows the release of 'You're Not The One' last year, and is taken from the singer's debut album, 'Night Time, My Time', which was released in the UK last month (March).

The singer performed the track on The Tonight Show earlier this month (April 5). During the show, Ferreira discussed the filming of the music video, saying: "The video is going to be something that people wouldn't really expect from me."

Ferreira has also been added to the line-up of Field Day festival, which takes place on June 7 and 8 in London's Victoria Park.

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