David Bowie Challenged MTV on Their Refusal to Play Black Music

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David Bowie, Serious Moonlight Tour 1983

David Bowie, Serious Moonlight Tour 1983

ITV News journalist Charlene White reminds us of this great David Bowie moment. 

In conversation with MTV VJ Mark Goodman while promoting his seminal 1983 smash “Let’s Dance”:

Bowie: “There seem to be a lot of black artists making very good videos that I’m surprised aren’t being used on MTV”

Goodman: “We have to try and do what we think not only New York and Los Angeles will appreciate, but also Poughkeepsie or the Midwest. Pick some town in the Midwest which would be scared to death by… a string of other black faces, or black music. We have to play music we think an entire country is going to like, and certainly we’re a rock and roll station.”

Bowie: “Don’t you think it’s a frightening predicament to be in?”

Here’s the full exchange:

Watch Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” video below: