Heads head David Burn apologizes for wearing blackface in 1980s concert promos
David Byron apologized in a series of tweets on Monday on a revived clip of him wearing a blackfront.
The offensive clip was dropped from a commercial in support of Stop Making Sense, a concert film featuring bands from hit films such as Burning Down House, Psycho Killer and Once in a Lifetime.
“Recently a journalist talked about something I did in a promo video skit in 1984 for the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense,” said 68-year-old Byron. ‘The piece in which I appear to be the various characters interviewing myself, and some of the characters depicted are people of color.’
Latest: David Byron, 68, apologized in a series of tweets on Monday on a revived clip with blackface. He snapped in New Orleans in 2018
Byron said that he had ‘forgotten about this skit and [was] Thankful it is brought [his] Care.’
He said that he had made a ‘big mistake’ in the creation of the promotional clip.
He said, “To see myself in various characters, including black and brown faces, I accept that it was a big mistake in judgment that showed a lack of real understanding.” ‘It’s like looking in a mirror and looking at someone else – you’re not, or aren’t, the person you thought you were.’
He continued: ‘We have big blind spots about ourselves- well, I certainly do. I think I am beyond making such mistakes, but clearly I was not at the time.
Throwback: Rock Stalwart was snapped in a promotional shot in 1987
Development: Byron said that he hoped that the public would understand the changes in the sensations made by him in 1984. He was caught in 2015 in London
‘Like I say’ I too need to change ‘at the end of our Broadway show American Utopia .. and I believe I have changed since then.’
Byron said he hoped the public would understand the change in sensations he had experienced in 1984.
He said, “People hope that people have the grace and understanding that a person like me, anyone, can really grow and change, and the past can be examined with honesty and accountability.”
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Byron has collaborated with Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee on an HBO documentary about his 2019 Broadway show American Utopia.
The production, which was held at the Hudson Theater in New York in February through last October, kept the Kovid-19 epidemic from falling until the closure of Broadway Through 2021.
American Utopia collides with HBO Max on 17 October.