Music Videos Set in Mental Hospitals: The Supercut

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Aug. 18 2014 8:32 AM

Music Videos Set in Mental Hospitals: The Supercut

Lil Wayne Krazy

Last week, Lil Wayne released the mental hospital-set music video for his new single, “Krazy.” Wayne is far from the first to stage a video at a mental institution or psych ward. As Flavorwire pointed out a couple of months ago, musicians set their videos at mental hospitals all the time, and they do it for songs about all kinds of going “crazy” (be it from mental illness, love, or whatever the culprit). And again and again these videos recycle not just the concept, but also the same stereotypical and often outdated imagery—straitjackets, padded walls, crazy eyes, etc.

We’ve highlighted just a few of these music videos, and the tired tropes they share, in the supercut above.

Olivia Merrion is an editor who lives in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Dee Lockett is Slate's editorial assistant for culture.

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