As the fifth anniversary since David Bowie’s death nears, people have been talking about an incredible clip showing the late musician talking about racial diversity.
During a 1983 interview, Bowie questioned MTV’s Mark Goodman on why the network didn’t show more Black singers.
In the video doing the rounds on social media, Bowie asked, “I’m just floored by the fact that there’s so few Black artists featured on it. Why is that?”
Goodman insisted the music station was “trying to move in that direction,” but at the same time wanted to feature artists that “fit into what we want to play for MTV.”
In 1983, when David Bowie got MTV together and asked them why weren't they playing Black artists >>>>> pic.twitter.com/rHavzF6kqA
— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) January 4, 2021
“That’s evident,” Bowie responded. “It’s evident in the fact that the only few Black artists that one does see are on about 2:30 in the morning to around 6. Very few are featured predominantly during the day.”
“There seems to be a lot of Black artists making very good videos that I’m surprised aren’t used on MTV,” the musician, who passed away on Jan. 10, 2016, went on to point out.
Digging himself into a hole, Goodman said how they had to think of Midwestern tastes, as well as those watching in New York and Los Angeles, for example.
The interviewer added those viewers “would be scared to death by Prince or a string of other Black faces.”
“That’s very interesting. Isn’t that interesting?” Bowie said, clearly not impressed.
As the clip continued to circulate online, the likes of Missy Elliott and Ice-T were among those praising Bowie for having the courage to speak up about race.
It’s so Important to know the HISTORY of Our Black LEGENDS & All they endured…We must RESPECT them for the doors they had to kick down for us to walk through🙏🏾Bigup David Bowie for addressing this🙌🏾💜RIP🕊 https://t.co/VYeObSJbtV
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 4, 2021
Never forget that David Bowie checked the F outta MTV for their racial BS.. THANKS Dave! Respect https://t.co/dXElr8Qtni
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) January 4, 2021
See more reaction below.
David Bowie for the win. His dismount is perfect… https://t.co/EkX0M3377U
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 4, 2021
David Bowie gathered this man by his perm so fiercely https://t.co/wnc1ymCa7S
— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee) January 4, 2021
The part where David Bowie demolishes every argument offered for why MTV wasn't playing many Black artists. Plus when he smiles like a Cheshire Cat at the remark that Prince might scare "to death" certain audiences and purrs, "That's VERY interesting." Miss #Bowie. https://t.co/69ZdLILDKl
— Yonette Joseph (@YonetteJo) January 4, 2021
David Bowie not buying a single one of the lame gdamn excuses pic.twitter.com/Vj2ORhu7Rq
— Flark‽ (@harkaflark) January 4, 2021
David Bowie left us because we didn't deserve him. https://t.co/Yaa8XXYHaI
— Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom (@NunesAlt) January 4, 2021
Bowie was the real deal, he couldn't even keep a straight face from all the shit the interviewer was spewing from his mouth. Miss you Bowie, the world still needs you.
— Kevin (@ParadigmUser) January 4, 2021
David Bowie is like "Let me tell you about yourself" 😆 https://t.co/IwQlIxiMT5
— Jenét Where are the girls and babies? Morrow (@JenetAllDay) January 4, 2021