A Norwegian pop star said she has received several death threats for using a black actor in her latest music video.
Sophie Elise Isachsen told BBC’s Newsbeat that she came under fire online due to the black actor’s portrayal of her love interest in the video for her new song, “All Your Friends.”
She said she was expecting some people to take offence to the lyrics, but never knew that her co-star’s skin colour would provoke reactions.
“There’s been so much hate, it’s the most brutal thing I’ve seen in my life.“The video was supposed to be about love. It just shows that it’s 2017 but we haven’t gone very far,” she said.
The 22-year-old added that she is afraid to leave her house and has suspended her Instagram account over the online abuse.
Comments on the YouTube post of the video included death threats, racist and sexist abuse and has since been disabled after it became filled with abuses.
“I actually didn’t want to remove the comments because I wanted people to see that this type of thing still goes on. “I’ve been a public figure in Norway for about six years so I am used to getting a lot of hate.
“But I really didn’t think people would care about the guy’s skin color in my video.”
According to her, she has not been put off using black models or actors in her future videos.
“You know my friends who are black got really sad because they were questioning like, ‘Are we worth less?’
“Also I’m really sad for my parents because they are worried about me and I don’t want them to see things like this.
“The best thing I can do is just keep making music and beautiful videos and keep sticking-up for what I believe in.”
The pop star was recently signed by the Universal Music Group, which has also signed Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.