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Queen Kwong Posts Video For The Mourning Song

Wednesday, 22 March 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Karin Catt

Queen Kwong has shared a video for The Mourning Song.

The empowering indie-rock track features on Carré Kwong Callaway's 2022 album, 'Couples Only', while the provocative clip portrays Callaway as a dancer in a club. Directed by Tammy Sanchez, it was filmed and assembled by an all-female and non-binary cast and crew. Callaway said:

"The Mourning Song is probably the most personal and blunt song on the record, so I wanted the video to be equally as bold and vulnerable.

"I was a dancer in my early 20's, and though I felt like it was incredibly empowering. Many people tried to make me feel ashamed for it. This video concept was born as a rejection of that notion. Originally, it was a rejection of shame and the mass cultural gaslighting women endure."

"Alongside director Tammy Sanchez, a queer, femme visionary, and an all-female and non-binary crew, we removed the male gaze and replaced it with pride, " she added. "We shot the video at Hollywood’s famous bikini bar Jumbo’s Clown Room last summer, but its release was delayed because of recent legal action.

"Now that I’m on the other side of that, this video release means even more to me. It represents women’s power, artistic expression, and refusal to be quiet. It’s time to be fearless and proud."

Sanchez also commented: "Shame is a powerful tool used to silence people, especially women. When you factor in race, class, disability, queerness, the baffles become ever more oppressive. These systems rely on our shame and silence to exploit, abuse, and capitalize off of our bodies, art, style, and labor. I’ve chosen to cultivate a safe space for my voice and my collaborators by only working with women and non-binary crew.

"My voice is queer, femme, non-white, and disabled. A critical perspective, just like Carré’s. And just like her, I am not ashamed and won’t shut up."

It arrives after Callaway prevailed in her ex-husband, Limp Bizkit's West Borland's defamation claim against her. 


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