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Petition: An apology for and the deletion of the “No Light, No Light” video



Sign here

As a fan of Florence + The Machine, I think this is really important. I only watched the video after seeing arguments about it here on tumblr and was honestly not prepared for the levels of racism I found in the video. 

In the video, Florence is being chased by a white man in blackface, a symbol of darkness and evil. At several points, he is shown piercing a voodoo doll, in a flawed and corrupted vision of the voodoo religion. At the end of the video, Florence is saved when she tumbles off of a building and falls into a cathedral, at the feet of a group of young, white boys dressed as priests. 

There really is no question that this is blackface. And even if it weren’t, it still plays into tropes casting black men as evil, and white, Christian men as the saviors of white, Christian women. The video is appalling and inexcusable, please sign the petition to let the band and producers know that we will not tolerate this. 

This has been one of my favorite songs for weeks for the utterly gorgeous passion and beauty of it— and the music video made me sick. It’s not clever and it’s sure as hell not harmless, and any resonance the demonic blackface and the little doll manages to strike up from the audience arises explicitly from misuse of foul and ancient colonialist tropes. It’s not just racist, it’s lazy and racist, which makes it doubly inexcusable for a piece of art. 

I’m not one of those people that think you get to opt out of being a decent human being because you’re An Artist. If anything, your ability to communicate in larger ways, to a larger audience, only increases your responsibility to being mindful of what comes out of your mouth, and your hands, and your heart. If balancing your drive to create with your obligation not to be a complete asshole is actually tough for you, then maybe you should do a little actual soul-searching, instead of singing about God and looking anguished on top of tall buildings while reinforcing, again, the hoary old bit of collective lunacy that black dudes are scary demons out to hurt normal white people. 

This song is beautiful and I love it. This video is crap both ethically and aesthetically.

Sign the petition. 

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    ‘This artist did something I don’t like. Let’s open a dialogue into why she made the artistic choices that she did, and...
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    I really dislike that the point of this petition is ‘I didn’t like what what this artist did. Let’s force her to...
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    Reblogging for excellent commentary.
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  14. miss-ferrous reblogged this from entings and added:
    So, I totally didn’t watch the video, just listened to it, and now I feel kinda gross for having reblogged it. :X
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  17. lamprays reblogged this from roachpatrol and added:
    I love Florence but watching that video just made me feel disinchanted by the song. It was just poor work.
  18. entings reblogged this from roachpatrol and added:
    Reblogging for content and commentary. Just awful :\ please sign!
  19. fait-hunter reblogged this from roachpatrol and added:
    Aw, man :((( I really like Florence and The Machine! And the song is an excellent song! But that video is seriously...
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    Of course she wasn’t trying to. Institutionalized racism means that racist attitudes can be present without the...
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    This is really strange. I thought this song was about knowing your lover doesn’t care about you anymore and the...
  24. belldam reblogged this from thechristinastory and added:
    It definitely doesn’t come across to me as an argument against these racist tropes. If it is meant to be, it was done...
  25. thechristinastory reblogged this from fabledquill and added:
    Could it be possible that she is attempting to COMMENT on racism in this video? I didn’t get the vibe that she was...
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    Yeah, so I’m not usually into the social justice stuff, especially since my blog isn’t frequented enough to make much of...
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    God damn it, Florence. Your voice is gorgeous but your heavy-handed Christian (and now racist!) imagery is getting old.
  34. elementalsight reblogged this from roachpatrol and added:
    Signal fucking boost, because watching the video made me unbearably upset and disappointed.
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