Disappearing Racists: Sony Pulls Copyright Plug on Failed Video
|by Martin W. Williams|
File under: Fake Culture09 Apr 2013 14:08 EDT
Yesterday, the newly released song "Accidental Racist" quickly became an online joke for its awfully superficial attempt at racial dialogue. Attempting to address delicate racial issues with such poetic subtleties as, "If you can forget about my gold chains, I'll forget about the iron chains", it did at least succeed in bringing the races together in widespread mockery of such a contrived attempt at music.
Thankfully, the lulz didn't end there. After the disastrous release, the dunderheaded patrons of the arts at Sony Music Entertainment decided to just erase their latest flop from memory by pulling the copyright plug on the video throughout the web. As of publication, a YouTube search for the song yields only reaction videos, nothing with the actual work.
Way for them to save face! Just like the "Accidental Racist" lyrics, this damage control shows just how in tune with the internet generation they really are. If only file sharing didn't exist everybody would know that Sony never released such a ridiculous song! Why bother to spend time promoting real talent when you can have a business model of scouring the web and eliminating all memories of your lame flops?
If ever there was a spectacle of the total bankruptcy of the recording industry and the need for independent talent and distribution models, it is this "Accidental(ly) Racist" disaster.
Update: At least one very recent upload is now up on YouTube, but we will see if it lasts. Also, the official Vevo release from yesterday is nowhere to be found.
Further Update (3/10/2013): As of 3 PM Eastern, that recently posted one has also been pulled, and YouTube again appears to be vacant of the song.
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