[WATCH] David Bowie criticizes MTV for not playing black artists


Every now and then, David Bowie’s 1983 interview with Mark Goodman resurfaces on social media – specifically, the clip in which Bowie notes the shortage of black performers aired on the station at the time. It’s a fairly well known music story now; At the start of MTV history, the station chose not to broadcast videos of black artists like Michael Jackson, Prince or Run-DMC, despite their popularity and obvious influence on types of MTV artists. do player. It is also a complaint that resurfaces from time to time, as following the VMAs of this year.

It was only under widespread public pressure that MTV finally gave in, playing the kind of artist who obviously came to define its dominance of pop culture in the ’90s and early 2000s. In this particular clip, Bowie points out to Goodman: “I’m just stunned that there are so few black artists featured. [on MTV]. Why so? “Throughout the discussion, Goodman hesitates a bit, trying to argue that different viewers glean different perceptions of the cover, but Bowie remains determined to bring his point back. Noting that he observed a” black station “(probably BET), he notes that” there seem to be a lot of black artists who make really good videos that I’m surprised they don’t get used on MTV. ”

The clip in question reappeared thanks to NBA player-turned-Twitter star Rex Chapman, who tweeted the clip with his own observation, linking it to current events. “Looking at the Nikole Hannah-Jones / Chuck Todd interview, it’s impossible not to think about the David Bowie / Mark Goodman interview on MTV in 1993 [on Meet The Press regarding ‘critical race theory’ bans in schools], “he wrote.” Same thing almost 30 years later. Why is it still ‘what’s okay for white people’?

The tweet won the approval of Ice-T, who retweeted it, garnering nearly 4,000 shares and well over 33,000 likes.

You can check out the clip above and the full interview here.


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