Shamir Releases New Video for 'Straight Boy' After Actor/Director of Original Accused of Abuse
Shamir took to Twitter Wednesday morning (Nov. 1) to announce that he had taken down his video for his recent single "Straight Boy." The singer/songwriter said that he chose to remove the Revelations video from YouTube because he had become aware that its actor/director, which he chose not to name, was "an abuser."
So I had to take down the Straight Boy video because as it turns out the actor and director in the video is an abuser... I know.. the irony— Shamir (@ShamirBailey) November 1, 2017
In a quote accompanying the video's release, Shamir told Spin that the song and video "quite unequivocally depicts the process of white washing and the repudiation of the queer and people of color who pioneered.” In follow-up tweets, he vented his frustrations about the difficulty in finding straight and cisgender collaborators who do not embody these qualities he stands against, the nonchalance in which the accused handled the claims, and offered his condolences to survivors of the man's abuse:
and above all im sorry to the survivors and thank yall for letting me know!— Shamir (@ShamirBailey) November 1, 2017
LITERALLY me after i approached him about it and he was hella nonchalant about the whole thing..... pic.twitter.com/qrdwhdrure— Shamir (@ShamirBailey) November 1, 2017
Several music figures, including Shamir's own Father/Daughter Records, reacted with shock at the allegations:
I FUCKING KNOW— Shamir (@ShamirBailey) November 1, 2017
Sorry to hear about that!— Benjamin Clementine (@MrBClementine) November 1, 2017
UPDATE -- Shamir has issued the following statement:
"I found out through a disturbing comment left on the video, so I immediately just took it down. I might do an alt video, but not sure as of now, just quite sad because i considered this person a friend too.
"I do believe it to be true because a while back he told me a girl accused him of abuse in college, he denied it and said it was all chalked up to just a misunderstanding. I took the info at face value because his friend from college concurred. I didn't know his reputation back in Florida because we met in Brooklyn and would just see each other either out there or in Philly. So when I saw the comment my heart dropped to my stomach. Obviously I approached him about it, and he left me with little to no explanation or piece of mind, and even seemed quite nonchalant about it, so i told him im taking it down and did so immediately."
Shamir has also released a new music video to accompany "Straight Boy":