David Bern apologizes for 1984 ‘Stop Making Sense’ blackface video – Deadline


Promotional video for the 1984 Talking Heads concert film stop making Sense, David Byron appeared as a variety of interviewers including himself and men of color. Today, Byron took to Twitter to apologize, stating that “the past can be investigated with honesty and accountability.”

Byron, whose 2019 Broadway show American utopia Adapted as an HBO film by director Spike Lee and will be the first film in October, he revealed that he would forget about the video until recently reminded by a journalist.

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“To see myself in a variety of characters, including a black and brown face, I accept that it was a major mistake in judgment that showed a lack of real understanding,” Burn writes. “It’s like looking in a mirror and looking at someone else — you are not, or were not, the person you thought you were.”

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On Broadway, Byrne performed a stirring version of Janelle Moné’s 2015 protest song “Hell You Tellabout”, in which she and her band members, recruited from around the world, list a list of black men and women killed by police Let’s describe. Each night, just before the song, Bayer notes that he blessed Mona and received her blessing.

Here is the full text of Byron’s tweet:

Recently a journalist talked about something I did at a 1984 promo video concert for the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. The piece in which I appear to be various characters interviewing themselves, and some of the characters depicted are people of color

I have just forgotten about this skit and I am grateful that it has been brought to my attention.

To see myself in various characters, including a black and brown face, I accept that it was a major mistake in judgment that showed a lack of real understanding. It’s like looking in a mirror and seeing someone else — you are not, or were not, the person you thought you were.

We have huge blind spots about ourselves – well, I certainly do. I think I am beyond making such mistakes, but clearly I was not at the time. As I say at the end of our Broadway show American Utopia “I need to change too” .. and I believe I have changed since then.

One hopes that people have the grace and understanding that someone can truly develop and change me, anyone, and that the past can be examined with honesty and accountability.

stop making Sense Video:

And here Byron is performing “Hell You Tallabout”: