Earlier this month, Australian singer Dami Im released her provocative new track “Crying Underwater”, a song dealing with the death of a close friend.
A touching ballad about baring your heart and soul, it turns out Facebook feels there’s a little too much bared in the video – banning her promotion of the clip on the social media platform for being too “sexually provocative”.
In what seems to be an obvious error in the Facebook algorithm that determines whether an ad is deemed overly sexual or offensive, the film clip features a monochrome Eurovision 2016 representative writhing on a beach, clothed and in pain. She is, however, never nude – the tone of the clip is angst and sadness, not provocative sexual behaviour. The only thing bared is her heart, not her body.
In a pure twist of irony, Dami found out about her ban while she was attending her church – of which she is a regular attendee. Speaking to news.com.au, she saw the funny side of Facebook’s glaring error:
“When I saw the email I was surprised but also had to have a laugh. Anyone who knows me knows I’m way too much of a dag for any of my videos to be considered explicit or raunchy!”
And while we can see the humour in this drama, “Crying Underwater” tells of a much more personal side to Dami as she continues to process the loss of a close friend who seemed really happy on the outside — but sadly took his own life.
Produced by Andy Mak, Dami’s first pop single in three years marks the return of the Australian singer-songwriter to those big pop anthems. Surely “Crying Underwater” will easily go down as one of her strongest efforts. And writing the song herself (along with Perth-born Michael Tan), she’s really bared her heart.
The South Korean-born singer also continued a set of live shows throughout the entire nation of Australia. She’s currently on tour throughout the nation on her Dreamer tour, concluding in Perth on November 16.
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