Kasabian have been criticised for their depiction of the mentally ill in their latest video for ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’.
The video features Kasabian in hospital gowns, dancing around a mental institution. It also stars Noel Fielding and Stephen Graham who are in the institution alongside the band.
Mental health campaigners Time to Change have been quick to react to the video saying that it depicted a “sad and tired” stereotype.
“As so many musicians have recently talked openly about their experiences of mental health problems it is disappointing to see this video,” Sue Baker of Time To Change said in a statement.
“The use of the word ‘psycho’ in a song and accompanying music video featuring people pretending to be psychiatric inpatients is unhelpful, damaging and disappointing when society is moving on from this sad and tired stereotype.”
She went on to say that will “only serve to fuel stigma”.
Kasabian are yet to respond to the criticism.
‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’ is the first single off their forthcoming sixth album For Crying Out Loud.
For help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.