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People say Sam Smith’s new music video is nothing compared to what other artists have done

Stewart Perrie

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People say Sam Smith’s new music video is nothing compared to what other artists have done

People are jumping in to support Sam Smith in the wake of their controversial new music video.

The singer debuted the clip for 'I'm Not Here To Make Friends' and it features Sam dancing around with other performers in corsets and lacy outfits.

It's caused a lot of comments on social media, with some critics saying there should be a change to age restrictions because young people shouldn't be able to watch the music video.

But others have since jumped in to defend the 30-year-old and say the video isn't really that controversial when you compare it to other artists.


It's safe to say there have been loads of music videos in the past that have raised eyebrows.

Madonna's 'Like a Prayer' clip had burning crosses and very sexual undertones, 'I Want To Break Free' from Queen had the band dress up in drag, Kanye West's 'Famous' had the rapper in bed next to naked dolls that looked identical to real celebrities, 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke had topless women dancing around, Lil Nas X's 'Call Me By Your Name' had the singer twerking on the devil...the list goes on.

One person wrote on Twitter: "I just watched Sam Smith's new music video. What's the fuss supposed to be about? Basically tame compared to Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, or Cardi B. Has a certain section of Twitter just missed the last 40? years of music videos?"


Another added: "I finally watched the Sam Smith video and was like 'that's...it?!'"

A third wrote: “Good grief! "Offensive"? I'm old enough to remember the 80s music video scene. Sam, bless 'em, barely twitches the 'controversy' needle! I do get strong Prince Charming vibes though...looks like it was a hoot to film.”

While a different user commented: “This young blonde lady getting narked about #SamSmith‘s pop video clearly wasn’t around when #FrankieGoesToHollywood‘s first promo for 'Relax' was first shown. That was 1983. That would have blown her mind. It’s nothing new. A regurgitated storm in an outraged teacup.”

Amongst the reactions, spectators were quick to point out that music videos by women or featuring women in similar scenarios don't get the same criticism as Smith, who identifies as gay and non-binary.


Other social media users declared that parents should be more vigilant about what their children watch on the web if they're so concerned about Smith's new image.

If you've got nothing nice to say, don't say it at all.

Featured Image Credit: Universal Music. Atlantic. Columbia Records

Topics: Music

Stewart Perrie
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