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Amanda Palmer debuts powerful music video Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now

Amanda Palmer debuts powerful music video Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now

Amanda Palmer's new music video about Harvey Weinstein and sexual assault survivors

Amanda Palmer and Jasmine Power released their new song and music video today — a powerful call to arms for sexual assault survivors, and women around the world.

Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now is a reference to Harvey Weinstein, whose years’ worth of sexual misconduct allegations ushered in the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in an explosive way.

Palmer and Power’s video comes on the year anniversity of the New York Times’ groundbreaking story about Weinstein. Only five days later, Ronan Farrow wrote another shattering piece about the Hollywood mogul.

In May, he was arrested and charged with rape and other sexual abuse crimes. He was later released on bail and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Palmer is openly bisexual, and also known for being the leader singer of The Dresden Dolls. Power is a singer-songwriter based in London.

‘Your seven hundredth bedroom/The waiter brings the bill, You came here dressed for battle/You knew damn well,’ Palmer sings. ‘The sharpening of axes/The fat man rings a bell.’

Power then comes in: ‘Don’t touch me/I’m not here to help.’

Warning: This video is NSFW.

All proceeds from the song go to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

Palmer, Power, and the rest of the people involved — almost entirely women, both in front of and behind the camera — filmed the video in July at a church in Brooklyn.

Noémie LaFrance directed and choreographed the video.

Taking back the narrative

‘How do you sing about rape? How do you make a video about rape, without getting it all wrong?’ Palmer asks in her Patreon post about the video.

‘In order to effect change, we are having to expose our darkest pain in public forums. It seems infinitely complicated to address these issues when they’re already so over-saturated and raw. How to not make things worse? How can we express ourselves and our righteous anger in our own terms, on our own dime, in our own time?

‘That’s what I wanted to do with this video. Take it back.’

She also wrote about the cathartic experience both she and other women on set experienced while making the video.

‘Several women in the cast took me aside during the shoot and told me about their own stories of assault, and how cathartic this experience was.

‘One of the cast members broke down crying in my arms because her friend had been assaulted by one of her professors and won’t come forward because she’s too afraid of the consequences. We held each other tight. This is happening, now.’

Palmer also made it clear the shoot ‘wasn’t all doom and gloom and rape stories’, but that it was also a lot of fun, or else it would have been unbearable.

Power described the day as ‘powerful, dark, and fearless’.

‘I hope my children will watch this video one day and be relieved that times have changed,’ she said.

The rest of the Patreon post includes other testimonies from women involved in the project.

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