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Video Tue Jul 24 2012
The video for "Give It Away," the latest single off Andrew Bird's album Break It Yourself, features a living piñata pouring candy out of himself at a children's birthday party -- ultimately inviting the birthday boy to deliver a death blow across his chest with a stick. It's a good metaphor for the song's lyrics dealing with giving away one's love for free, but in practice it's a rather odd and disquieting image. The fact that the parents and most (but not all )of the kids are white and the piñata man is brown(-paper)-skinned adds another, different form of tension to the imagery.
What do you think? Does the heartwarming ending save the video from being creepy?