Yesterday Sky Ferreira released the video for "I Blame Myself," the latest single from her debut full-length Night Time, My Time. In it, the young pop star plays the leader of a black all-male gang. There's some posturing and choreographed dancing before Ferreira gets arrested and uses her sexuality to regain control of the situation.
The video was shot in Compton and is causing quite the controversy online, with various Internet commentors blasting her for using black dancers as "props." Last night the singer defended herself on Facebook: "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."
She continued, "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."
The post arrives a month after another screed where Sky spoke out against cyberbullying. "If you see hateful/disgusting/abusive comments, please start reporting it or deleting it," Ferreira said of the all-too-common trend. "I think that's the only way we can start to lower that sort of thing from happening. Use the internet as a way to connect with others & LEARN. Show & spread compassion."
Watch the video below.