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Coldplay’s new music video for “Trouble In Town” channels George Orwell’s classic novel “Animal Farm”.

It takes place in an dystopian version of Earth, where society is made up of different animal groups. Politicians are pigs, the police are jaguars and foxes are labelled as an underclass and are unfairly seen as being crafty and criminalistic. The animals reflects different ethnic and class groups in society and symbolise the “othering” that happens in the real world. In the video, we see a fox unfairly stopped by a cop and then chased down an alley.

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The police officer immediately suspected the fox of wrongdoing, despite having no evidence that he should be arrested. Coldplay follow in the footsteps of many authors and writers in using animals as an allegory for race and class. Animal Farm, Fritz The Cat and Zootopia all used animals to discuss and highlight discrimination in society. Sadly, this is an issue that still persists today and is a problem that still plagues communities around the globe. Did you connect with some of the topics raised in the video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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