Bibi Bourelly’s career is just taking off, but that doesn’t mean that she’s going to sugarcoat her experiences and make mindless feel-good music. Instead, the 21-year-old has been releasing songs that make a statement about societal expectations (“Ego”), gender expectations (“Sally”), and the imperfect nature of humankind (“What If”). She continues her run with her new music video for “Riot.”
The black-and-white video, which you can see above, features clips from civil rights and police brutality protests, refugees fleeing toward safety, political rallies, Pride parades, and a speech by Malala Yousafzai. While the fight for equality and peace is always timely, it’s especially poignant given the Orlando massacre, which targeted the LGBTQIA community. This is a time to band together and fight for the acceptance of all.
Bourelly released the following statement alongside the video:
Sometimes when I’m on a plane, flying from country to country, city to city, chasing this peculiar dream of mine... I look down at the world beneath me and realize what we really are in the grand scheme of things.
If you pay close attention, when the plane is just taking off you can faintly see people in action, living their own lives.
It’s ironic and charming in a weird way because they’re not even aware that someone else is admiring them with fascination from a different angle of the world, as they walk this distinctive earth of ours.
Thousands of tiny, moving heads eventually blend in with the landscape as the aircraft rises higher. The large swaying trees that appear to be so mighty from the ground, shrink into what appears to be green fragments of leaves...and by the time we reach the clouds, everything that we thought to be its own individual thing, every detail of anything that we ever considered to exist on its own, melts into the the scenery and we become one.
We are all one from the clouds
We are not our genders
We are not our religions
We are not our races
We are not our opinions
We are not our doubts , insecurities or fears...
We are not one voice, we are a roaring crowd.
We are the land and sky; We are an ambiguous mixture of every color that exists under the sun.
We are all in this together and we are responsible for each other.
Everything you do or say matters to us, whether you realize it or not.
Love infinitely. At all costs no matter what.
praying 4 Orlando
(and the rest of the entire world.)
Fighting 4 our future.
New society 4 the unity of all.
Yours truly ,