For this assignment, I will be comparing and contrasting the use of morphing technology that was used in the music videos “Black & White” by Michael Jackson and “Michael Jackson” by the group Das Racist. These music videos are about 20 years apart from each other, but they both used the same morphing technology. There are many different special effects that people use in their pictures or videos. Morphing was used in these videos. Morphing is a special effect in motion pictures and animations that changes (or morphs) one image into another through a seamless transition. It is used most often to depict one person turning into another.
In the end of the music video “Black & White”, Michael Jackson used many different ethnic people during the morph scene. It seems like no matter what the race, one is beautiful and equal. I feel the only part of this that is true, is that everyone is equal no matter their race. During the morphing scene, they start off with a fat Asian man who morphs into a skinny black woman. She then turns into a white woman with red hair, and so on. These people were all dancing the same, and singing to the song with a smile on their face. They all looked happy enjoying the same music regardless of their race.
I feel in Das Racist’s video “Michael Jackson”, that they were kind of making fun of Michael Jackson himself. They could have been implying his appearance from years of plastic surgery. He was originally a black child who changed his appearance to look more “white”. I also felt they excluded Middle Eastern people since I did not see any in the video. But I also feel that they shared a lot of the same points about everyone being equal as in Michael Jackson’s “Black & White”.
During the morphing scene in Das Racist’s “Michael Jackson” music video, they seem to start off with a fat man as well, but he is Indian or Hispanic. He then turns into a skinny black woman, who then turns into a hairy Indian man, and so on. They even morph a really hairy Indian man right before they end with a dog. We have people of all ethnic backgrounds who are both fat and skinny, good looking and not. We also have strong emotions towards animals. I also feel they put the dog in the video just to be funny. One thing I did not really like from this morphing scene was that they showed people acting strange and looking weird. It didn’t seem to really show that everyone can enjoy the same interests regardless of race. It was just a bunch of different races not really following each other’s same movements and acting strange.
In this morphing scene, it shows that everyone, including animals are equal and should be treated as so. Everyone has their own imperfections but they are all the same inside. We should not discriminate, and treat everyone the same even if they are “ugly/good looking”, “fat/skinny”, white/black/any ethnicity, or “human/animal”.
Michael Jackson’s “Black & White” video was showing the world that everyone is equal no matter what ethnicity they are. Michael wants us all to realize that no matter one’s ethnicity, they should all be treated equally. He even says that if you’re thinking about being his baby or brother, it doesn’t matter what color your skin is. Another important thing he said was that he’s not going to spend his life being a color. He had the morphing go to this to convey his message. During the morphing, you notice how each person is dancing and singing to the same song. They are all enjoying it regardless of their race. Here Michael shows how everyone is similar, and regardless of one’s race, they can all enjoy similar interests in things such as music, hobbies, women, etc.