I just figured that the video would be a simple love story. And then Bob leveled me to the floor when he said, ‘Here’s my big pitch. You’re a teacher, and you’re gonna fall in love with a blind girl.’ I admit, I hesitated for a moment. But you don’t hire Picasso and then tell him how to paint.
Lionel Richie, describing when the blind-girl-plus-giant-Lionel-head-statue idea was pitched to him for the “Hello” video. Bob Giraldi got his way for a video once seen as groundbreaking and now seen as an absurd laughingstock. It’s all a part of this article on the history of MTV.