The Weeknd finally explains why he put face bandages
2020 has been a good year for Abel Tesfaye (stage name The Weeknd) because of his album After Hours. But, his album also has a very special aesthetic to it. One thing quite noticeable was the full-face bandages he had put on himself. And it turns out that it wasn’t without meaning. Here’s what the Canadian singer had in mind.
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The Weeknd explains his face bandages
While talking to Variety, The Weeknd touched as to why he covered his face with face bandages for his explosive appearance at the American Music Awards in November. It looked a lot like the bandages on someone’s face who just had plastic surgery. And he made it seem like that in his Save Your Tears video as well. But, he has now finally dropped that look for his Super Bowl ad, returning to normalcy.
This, of course, led to a lot of theories and discussions on social media as to why The Weeknd wore those face bandages in the first place. Now, he has finally given an answer to those speculations. He told Variety:
The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated. It’s all a progression and we watch The Character’s storyline hit heightened levels of danger and absurdity as his tale goes on.
When asked why he made his face increasingly unattractive to promote After Hours, The Weeknd replied:
I suppose you could take that being attractive isn’t important to me but a compelling narrative is.
And his use of it as a narrative paid off really well. After Hours ranked as the No. 1 album in Billboard 200. And his hit single Blinding Lights ended up at the No. 1 of Billboard 100. Despite these massive successes, he got massively snubbed by the Music Academy at Grammys 2021 by receiving not a single nomination. Many stars came out in his support, claiming that the Grammys were corrupt.