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Wigglytuff
Oct 15th, 2004, 08:36 PM
Prince's New Video Sparks Racism Debate

Fri Oct 15, 9:15 AM ET

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MINNEAPOLIS - Prince is once again stirring up some controversy. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is generating debate with a new music video depicting an Arab-American teenage girl imagining herself as a suicide bomber.

The "Cinnamon Girl" video created mostly in the Twin Cities and released to music television channels this week has been criticized on Fox News and CNN.

"Prince intended for it to spark some dialogue," said the video's director, Phil Harder, of Minneapolis-based Harder-Fuller Films.

The clip features Keisha Castle-Hughes, 14, the Oscar-nominated actress from the movie "Whale Rider." She plays a schoolgirl who witnesses a terrorist attack and then experiences racism from classmates and others. The racism pushes her to dream about carrying a bomb into an airport.

"Cinnamon Girl of mixed heritage, never knew the meaning of color lines," Prince sings. "9/11 turned that all around, when she got accused of this crime."

Prince will not comment on the clip because he prefers that people make up their own mind, his publicist said.

Representatives for MTV, VH1 and BET channels said their programmers were aware of the clip's content. MTV plans to begin airing it next week on MTVU, its universities-only channel, to gauge the reaction of viewers. VH1 and BET are undecided.

Rana Abbas, deputy director of the Midwest chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn, Mich., voiced her support after seeing the video Thursday.

"It was shocking, but in a good way," Abbas said. "Prince is the first major recording artist to address the prejudice and issues that (Arab-Americans) are facing after 9/11, and I think he has done it in a very powerful way."

The New York Post said it "might be the most tasteless video ever." Fox News commentator John Gibson suggested that Prince is "causing trouble," and CNN anchor Kyra Phillips said it is "shaking and rumbling the entertainment industry."

Rolling Stone magazine music editor Joe Levy said the video should be put in context, and the song says that Arab-Americans were victims of hate after Sept. 11, 2001.

Harder said the lyrics show Prince is "sincere in wanting to speak to the times." He also emphasized that the video "resolves itself peacefully."

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personally i still havent seen it so i cant comment, but what do you guys and gals think?

griffin
Oct 15th, 2004, 09:35 PM
I'm looking at who's complaining loudest - Fox News and the NY Post - and considering the source.

From the description, it sounds like the video is a fairly intelligent comment on that kind of stereotyping and what it does to people.

lizchris
Oct 15th, 2004, 09:55 PM
It is obvious why the News Corp (they own Fox News and the NY Post) is making suhc a big stink and tht is because they wnt to deflect from what is abotu to bring the Fox News Channel down and that is Bill O'Reilly.:rolleyes: If I were them, I would be more worried that O'Reilly's accuser doesn't release those so-called tapes she has because if she does, O'Reilly is toast and done (even he acknowledged that yesterday).