Singer Sky Ferreira has lashed out at online critics who have blasted her for using only black dancers in her new video.
The pop star's promo for new single I Blame Myself features Ferreira in a run-down Los Angeles neighbourhood surrounded by a group of black men.
She appears to take on a gang leader role, and is later arrested in the video, but some fans have taken to social media to suggest that she uses racial stereotypes to promote her work.
The 21 year old has now hit back at her critics, insisting she chose her dancers on merit, not their skin colour.
She writes on Facebook.com, "Nothing upsets me more than being called racist because that is one of the most hateful things anyone can be. Not only do I find it insulting towards myself but I also feel insulted for the actors & dancers & my family in the video.
"No, I did not use black back-up dancers as "props". I never have and never will look at any human being as a prop. That's disgusting. It's also an idea that has never crossed my mind, which is what I find questionable of the people telling me that I did so. Dancers are objects? How dare you! Dancers make things come to life.
"If they were white would they be considered "props"? I auditioned a bunch of dancers, all races & my dancers were the best ones... Would you feel more at ease if I danced with a bunch (of) blonde white boys at a mall? Should I consciously only cast white dancers for now on (sic)?"
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