Bowie's Political statement in Let's Dance video

Bowie's Political statement in Let's Dance video

Joined: October 15th, 2003, 8:16 am

June 30th, 2012, 9:38 am #1

Funnily enough at the moment I'm reading Bill Bryson's Down Under and it mentions how badly the Aborigines have been treated over the years. It's shocking actually.

Well of course it is and Mr B is one of the few people to bring to light what they call "the invisible people". He could have gone for a video that was safe in context with pop but alas he chose to make the most of the media. Has it made a difference, probably not. Having said that it did bring this to attention to the MTV crowd at the time.

The only other song that I know that focuses on Aborigines is Midnight Oil's Beds are Burning.

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June 30th, 2012, 9:46 am #2

The video was good in bringing the Aboriginal problems to light. How ever in a later interview he said he had handled it rather clumsily...his actual words.

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June 30th, 2012, 10:02 am #3

"How ever in a later interview he said he had handled it rather clumsily"

in all truth, yes he did. Maybe time constraints. However his intentions were good.

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About challenge response systems"

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About challenge response systems"

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June 30th, 2012, 10:07 am #4

In a funny kind of way the China Girl video was political. or at least noting cultural differences. Actually so does Loving the alien.

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June 30th, 2012, 10:08 am #5

"How ever in a later interview he said he had handled it rather clumsily"

in all truth, yes he did. Maybe time constraints. However his intentions were good.

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About challenge response systems"
had he tackled one issue straight on, it should have been about the Stolen generationshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Generations) where the state could legally take the children off the Aborigine parents and have them fostered into homes, where they thought they would have a better life. The parents had no legal rights to their own children. It didn't matter of they were good parents or not. Then they would tell the children their parents were dead.

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About challenge response systems"

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