Most of you (excluding myself) might know this but some music videos actually induce death... I am not talking about the Lady Gaga songs that supposedly push people to commit suicide.
But it seems that a cray but a simple warning that Jay Z and Kanye West included at the top of their "N**gas in Paris" video may have been the difference between life and death for some of their seizure-prone fans as reported by multiple epilepsy organizations.
The concern is with basis since the video is filled with strobe lights and quick edits (quick check on Youtube shows what we’re talking about). The warning at the top of the video reads, "This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised."
Now, the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy said that 50,000 individuals lose their lives each year due to seizures and related causes. We have to give artists like Kanye West and Jay Z a big hand for recognizing the potential dangers in their videos, movies and performances and are conscientious enough to warn patients and their families about the risks. As well as how much it would cost them in damages should their video trigger massive deaths right?
And CURE (not the band but Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) isn't alone in praising both artists. A rep for the Epilepsy Therapy Project as well appreciated the sensitivities that Kanye and Jay Z showed in appropriately warning individuals with photosensitive epilepsy that their video may cause seizures.
Given the 4 million people who suffer from epilepsy in the US alone, the need to be mindful of such individuals within the music industry as well as helping on how best to destigmatize the condition and stop seizures and epilepsy once and for all so everyone can enjoy the music. A question does pop into mind, during the Super Bowl halftime presentation I can only wonder how many developed seizure-like symptoms when Madonna performed?
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