Toronto musician The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) just released his music video for “Belong to the World,” a track off his upcoming album Kiss Land. The video is 8-minutes-long, is directed by Anthony Mandler, features Abel “trapped in a dark, mysterious dystopia,” and, oh yeah, you can’t watch it in Canada.
This marks the third time in a month we’ve been left in the dark and excluded from a media spectacle simply because of our Canadian IP address: first Andrew W.K.’s 24-hour drum stunt, then Sharknado (excuse me – #Sharknado), and now this? I expected it from the Americans, The Weeknd, but not from you.
In the era of Chipotle-Canada (clearly the tipping point in our Americanized identity), Hulu and MTV’s restrictive viewing policies have served as the only recent reminder that us Canucks aren’t true burrito-flingin’ ‘Muricans after all.
It’s all right though – we Torontonians still have the Drizzy-approved PARTYNEXTDOOR.
Jeremy Schipper is an intern at Toronto Standard. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeromeoschipps.