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Talking Heads’ David Byrne apologizes for wearing blackface in ‘Stop Making Sense’ promo video

Talking Heads’ David Byrne has put out an apology for wearing blackface in a promotional video for Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film, Stop Making Sense.

The video saw Byrne interviewing himself as a variety of characters, and in one of his interviewer characters, he wears blackface. The promotional video appears on at least one version of Stop Making Sense on Blu-Ray. Now, Byrne has addressed the clip in a Twitter thread.

“Recently a journalist pointed out something I did in a promo video skit in 1984 for the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense,” Byrne writes. “In the piece I appear as a number of different characters interviewing myself, and some of the characters portrayed are people of color.”

“I’d just about forgotten about this skit,” Byrne continues. “And I’m grateful that it has been brought to my attention. To watch myself in the various characters, including black and brown face, I acknowledge it was a major mistake in judgement that showed a lack of real understanding. It’s like looking in a mirror and seeing someone else- you’re not, or were not, the person you thought you were.”

Read all of the tweets below.

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