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Florence + the Machine 'No Light, No Light' video accused of racism

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Florence + the Machine's new music video has sparked an online debate over suggestions that it has a racist subtext.

The promotional clip for upcoming single 'No Light, No Light' features singer Florence Welch being harmed by a voodoo doll and then pursued before seemingly being rescued by an all-white Christian boys choir.



Some viewers on YouTube have suggested that the underlying theme of the video is dubious, while others have taken issue with the use of a black face and body paint by one actor in the video.

Many others have defended the clip as a metaphor.

"Is that guy on the chess board an Asian man in blackface?!" questioned blahblahbahbahbah soon after the video appeared on the site.

onaheatwave added: "Oh man, it's a good thing those little white choir boys were there to save her from that big, black voodoo doing black man! I love the song, but I also will not be rewatching."

"I hope this video doesn't get slandered for some racist misinterpretation," countered helllkeeper. "The dark skin men have a hauntingly, otherworldly feel, meant to contrast Florences pure-white skin, with her being all angelic and stuff. It's a beautiful video, which I hope does not get stab at for being racist."

25karibear said: "Its a video about a girl and her demons, of loving someone and that moment you realise they never felt the same. If all you get from this is some stupid race accusation, then maybe you should restrict yourself to videos of Sesame St. characters."

Florence and the Machine: 'No light, no light' still


vindicatedpmb agreed: "People must learn to differentiate between racism and symbolism. I have yet to see anything racist about the music video."

However, chinklicious suggested: "Art can be offensive too. The black man as a mysterious voodoo artist, a bag over his head so he is dehumanized...t he black man chasing the white woman who falls into the safe hands of a gaggle of white school children while the black offender is shrouded in dark shadows.

"If this isn't subtle (or not so subtle) racism then I don't know what is. This is the kind of stuff that people watch and subconsciously internalize, and is ultimately projected as outwards racism."

'No Light, No Light' is taken from Florence + the Machine's second album Ceremonials.

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