MGMT Abuses Baby For "Kids"!

Who’s brain is this video more damaging to? Ours or the little dude who stars in it? Fight on, little dude, we’ll be over here cowering under our desks!

POSTED June 4, 2009 12:18PM IN THE TRIPWIRE Comments (4) TAGS: ,




  1. Joel Swanstrom says:

    This video is absolutely appalling. If we don’t come together to stop this someone else will try this again. I have already called Child Protective Services and they referred me to local police. I’m still waiting to see where this leads me. I suggest you all do the same. According to Section 111 [42 U.S.C. 5106g] of the Child Abuse and Prevention Act, which states under Section 111.2 that “the term ‘child abuse and neglect’ means, at a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm;”. A complete copy of the Child Abuse and Prevention Act can be obtained online from The Children’s Bureau of The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website under Laws and Policies (

  2. Panda says:

    D. Pho Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 7:31 pm
    The video is meant to incite an emotional response from the viewer, which it does. Additionally, there are many laws protecting children on film sets. These rules and regulations are incredibly strict. I guarantee you the child wasn’t in direct contact with these “monsters”. Green screens and savvy editing resulted in the final version. There are numerous video tricks that are employed by directors. As someone that has worked in film and video production for years, I can assure you that irrespective of how you feel about the band, there is no way they would have been able to actually traumatize the kid.

    James Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 7:35 pm
    Yeah, it was definitely shot using camera tricks, green screens, and editing tricks. I’ve worked with child actors on film sets before (ranging in age from infant to pre-teen), and there are way too many rules in place to ensure the safety and well-being of these children. Additionally, there are always people on set to ensure that these rules are followed to the letter. Sony BMG, the band’s record label, would never have left room for liability lawsuits by putting the child in harm’s way.

    Your outrage is simply a result of an effective video that was clearly meant to be disturbing. All these comments against the band, I don’t understand. Perhaps it’s simply ignorance as to how music videos and films are ACTUALLY MADE. Your theories about how much this child suffered are merely theories… the facts speak to the contrary.

  3. it's called editing says:

    It’s called editing. The entertainment industry is actually quite protective of children. From the steadicam operator on the shoot, Ralph Madison: “All the baby/monsters video was shot with my Red One camera. I shot all the steadicam stuff. The baby was NEVER frightened of the puppets/monsters. He cried because he was tired, mad that he could not get to his mom (who was just off camera) or he was cold. The production staff, director, DP, and producers made sure the kid was not scared of the monsters. I know this because I was there.”

  4. oliver says:

    They obviously didnt have real monsters touching this kid. It was all editing and special effects. Im pretty sure they have to follow some type of rules and regulations about using that kid and i fthey were in violation of them they would already be in jail. Great song, weird music video though, i think i get it. It’s about how when your a kid you are free to do and think whatever.. the whole world is a new experiance but society takes that away from us by scaring us from a young age trying to make us believe a certain life style is ideal to everyone instead of promoting individuality. That kid probably got payed alotta money, he’s probably pretty happy with a room full of the coolest toys on the earth.