Time Warp: The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give It Away” 1991

The initial image that drew me to post about this video was the glittery lips of Kiedis. The otherworldly, leaning toward androgyny then led me to realize this video would be perfect for an upcoming assignment in my Shakespeare class. The band playfully embodies imagery associated with Puck and Ariel and one of our requirements is to show a Shakespearian allusion in media. I was grappling with how to describe the combination of the characters when I happened upon a poem by Langston Hughes in Richard Bruce Nugent short story, “Smoke, Lilies and Jade” that perfectly fulfills the task;

Somewhat like Ariel

Somewhat like Puck

Somewhat like a gutter boy

Who loves to play in muck.

Somewhat like Bacchus

Somewhat like Pan

And a way with women

Like a sailor man…