David Byrne Apologizes for Wearing Blackface in Stop Making Sense Promo Video

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OXFORD, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: David Byrne performs live on stage during the first night of the European leg of his 'American Utopia' tour, at New Theatre on June 14, 2018 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

Ex-Talking Heads singer David Byrne has apologized for wearing Blackface in a promo video for the band’s 1984 film Stop Making Sense.

In a series of tweets, Byrne said that a journalist recently pointed out his wearing of Blackface as he portrayed several characters in the promo video. He said he’d forgotten about the video until it was brought to his attention.

“To watch myself in the various characters, including Black- and brownface, 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,” Byrne said.

He pointed out in another tweet that at the end of his American Utopia show he says that he needs to change as well. A filmed version of that show is heading to HBO Max in October and is directed by Spike Lee. You can see the teaser trailer for it here.  On Feb. 29 of this year, Byrne also appeared on Saturday Night Live for the first time in over 30 years to promote the Broadway performance.

You can see Byrne’s tweets below.

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