Radiohead’s sinister, Wicker Man-esque video for new song “Burn the Witch” is a comment on the refugee crisis in Europe, its stop-motion animator has revealed.
Virpi Kettu, who worked on the project alongside director Chris Hopewell, has confirmed that the band wanted to use their much-hyped release to draw attention to paranoia, anger and Islamophobia sparked by the “blaming of different people…the blaming of Muslims”.
Kettu suggested during an interview with Billboard that Radiohead’s creepy ploy of sending strange “We know where you live” postcards to fans was meant to reflect the “current insecurity and blame game spawned by anti-immigration politicians”.
She explained that the juxtaposition of cute cartoon characters with dark visual and sonic themes was intentional: “They wanted the video to contrast with what they’re playing and to wake people up a bit.”
Kettu added that the video was influenced by Robin Hardy’s 1973 horror film The Wicker Man, as well as British children’s TV series Trumpton, which ran during the Sixties and featured all-white stop-motion puppets living in an idyllic rural village.Source
Obviously, this makes no real sense. It is the critics of immigration and Islam who are the burnt witches, not either the proponents of liberal immigration policies or the immigrants themselves. No one has ever been excluded from polite society for being too passionately pro-immigration. Bands can make videos advancing the pro-immigration agenda and get nothing but plaudits, except in a few obscure corners of the internet where the "unvoiced" attempt to have their say. If RadioHead had made a video insinuating that Islam was an evil cult and that the politicians welcoming it into Europe were committing genocide against their own people, they would have been socially ostracised, the video would be banned and they would likely be charged with criminal offences.
I never cease to be amazed by the extent to which leftists can continue to conceptualise themselves as outsiders and rebels fighting the system when, quite obviously, they are the system. If you can send your opponents to prison for expressing their opinions, you're not Fighting The Man. You are The Man.