Holland’s Joan Franka has released her official preview video of “You and Me,” and she’s sticking with her guns. And yes, we are referring to to the guns in her ongoing game of “cowboys and Indians.”
Following Netherlands’ national selection, Joan came under fire for wearing a Native American headdress and putting her back-up dancers in Pocahontas couture. Radio programs cried foul! Bloggers spat vitriol. And everyone seemed to be dancing around one little word: racism. And while it’s true that dressing up in indigenous clothes isn’t always the most sensitive thing to do, it actually makes good sense in the context of Joan’s song. As the Wiwi Jury pointed out on March 1, the song is an ode to childhood and the childhood games Joan shared with an early crush.
Here’s how she explained it to Wiwi during their recent interview:
I wore the Native American headdress because I used to dress up as an Indian as a child with the boy this song is about. I have beautiful memories about these particular moments, so the headdress was a symbol that you always carry your memories with you. I have respect for the Native American culture and I would never wear anything to offend anyone.
She later told Wiwi that she won’t be changing too much of her stage act in Baku. The video seems to suggest she’ll tone it down somewhat. The children wear Indian-esque clothing, but Joan has ditched the turkey on her head in favor of a single feather. Given the sensitivity surrounding her earlier costume, perhaps this is a case of less is more.
Anyway, you can watch the video below. What do you think about it?