Last month, for a Pepsi ad campaign, Janelle Monáe released a cover of David Bowie’s beyond-classic “Heroes.” She also reportedly filmed an interactive video for the song in Rio de Janeiro, with an assortment of global soccer heroes making cameos. This isn’t that. Instead, director Alyssa Pankiw has put together a video about a group of bullied misfit kids who, taking inspiration from a fake comic book about Monáe, overcome their oppressors. It is exactly the sort of thing someone would come up with for a Pepsi ad campaign. Watch it below.
Monáe’s version of “Heroes” is up for sale at iTunes right now. Also available on iTunes: David Bowie’s Heroes. Maybe you should check that one out first.