PROBLEMS ABOUND IN NEW ALICIA KEYS VIDEO!
To the uncritical eye it would seem appear that Alicia Keys had released just another video. But after a critical look at the video it appears that the latest video from the singer is filled to capacity with problems.
Thea Lim of Racialious examines:
Alicia Keys loves drama – and no, I am not referring to her current lovelife (you’ll have to read a different kind of blog to get that gossip, unfortch), I’m referring to her music videos. When it comes to star-crossed histrionics, both Keys’ music and videos always deliver the goods. Which I kind of like, most of the time; woman’s got a good set of lungs and a nice scrunchy crying-for-the-camera face.
But her latest video just gets on my nerves. ”Unthinkable” stars Chad Michael Murray as Keys’ white lover, and shows reincarnations of the same interracial couple across several different decades, suggesting that from the 40’s up to today interracial relationships still face prejudice.
While I appreciate the way Keys uses time to show parallels between the racism of the past and the racism of the present, there are a few things about this video that strike me as deeply dishonest. Broken down for your reading convenience, here are my issues:
When I first watched the video I immediately felt a little odd when it concluded. At the time I couldn’t articulate just what didn’t sit right with me about the video. I truly appreciate Thea Lim for articulating what I could not and truly speaking truth to power. An amazing analysis of the video and one that we can all take seriously.