19. "Runaway" (2010)
Director: Kanye West
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
The plinking sounds of an out-of-tune piano summon a full ballet troupe in all four versions of Kanye's "Runaway" which include-a full-length film, a clean version, the video version which matches the length of the song, and the extended video version, which is double the length of the song. Phew. We see Kanye singing over a piano with the ballerinas all dressed in black dancing in an eerily quiet, yet jerky movements. Black Swan anyone? His muse, the phoenix better known as model Selita Ebanks, is taught by West, who goes by Griffin in the full-length movie, how to socialize with people yet when they attend a large dinner party, the guests don't understand her.
The music video becomes Ye's platform to respond to the criticisms but what's more haunting is the lyrics: "A toast to the douchebags." The video for "Runaway" creates a juxtaposition of both class, and slang, backed by the ballerinas that give of an eye into Kanye's world of refined pop culture, then one of luxury, sadness, and pain.