While we're of the opinion that Rihanna, with her giving of zero fucks attitude, is quite revolutionary already, her latest video clip steps her into politically revolutionary territory – in the pop music world, at least. And let's face it, in today's climate, if we're going to pay attention to anyone, it's probably going to be a pop star.
The singer has just released the video for her single American Oxygen, and the compilation of stock footage it contains delivers a powerful message of derision for the state of equality in the US today.
The 5.20 video clip shifts between contemporary footage of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Ferguson protests, homeless people and border jumpers, and archive footage of Martin Luther King's coffin, and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. The overall message of the video seems to be that, in the 45+ years since Martin Luther King was assasinated, the US hasn't achieved very much at all with regards to equality. Gone are Rihanna's Umbrella days, and we look forward to seeing whether this politically motivated shtick will stick.
Via Dazed Digital
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