Andrew Peterson Apologizes for All-White Music Video

ChurchLeaders | 3/19/2018 | Staff
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Musician Andrew Peterson is apologizing for a new music video because of its lack of diversity.

The song, “Is He Worthy?” is based on Revelation 5:9, which reads, “From every people and tribe, every nation and tongue, he has made us a kingdom of priests to God to reign with the Son.” In the video, the camera swings past all the white faces just before he sings that line.

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Peterson called the sequence, “the very definition of ‘painfully ironic.’”

Social media posts were quick to point out the oversight. One viewer wrote, “Man, that’s a lot of white people in one video!” Others said they wouldn’t or couldn’t share it with friends of color because it would cause them pain.

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On his blog, titled “Waking Up to ‘Is He Worthy?’: An Apology” Peterson wrote:

“What was meant to be a video drawing attention to the glory of Jesus, one that opened the door for all people to praise him, had become, for some, a source of grief. I immediately thought of some friends of mine and wondered if I had unintentionally hurt them. I called them and my worst fears were confirmed. They were very encouraging even as they helped me understand what it was like for them to watch the video, and in the end we cried and prayed together on the phone.”

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Peterson called the oversight unintentional saying they relied on an open casting call to fill the chapel where the music video was shot but only white people came. He said he didn’t notice the lack of diversity until “the fourth of fifth chaotic take.” Even then he wrote, “Honestly, the lack of diversity didn’t occur to us again until the day of the release when I read the comments.”

“So, as a white American...
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