Since I probably won’t be writing anymore posts for a while, at least until my exams are over, I will be writing one more post because…I’m a writing geek without a social life or hobbies.
On the trending page of YouTube, a music video has been going viral with it accumulating about 6.3 Million views in 2 days.
The MV has obtained mixed reviews due to the artist’s decision to base the song around a suicidal story of a bullied gay teen.
I admit it, its not the first music video to choose to dabble in the sob-story LGBT love scenario i.e. Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy but the comments are shocking to say the least:
I’ve been scrolling down the YouTube comment section for about five minutes and there are so many homophobic, rude and horrible comments which I pray and hope that majority are from trolls.
This just proves how disgusting humans can actually be when shown something that they may not find ‘normal’.
I’m pretty straight but that doesn’t mean that I can act like an ignorant bitch to others just because I believe that my opinion is a right that my country allows me to have.
I live in a religious household yet I choose to hold pretty free-spirited thinking and while my parents and most of my friends may disagree with my choice to support LGBT people, I still firmly put my faith in equality for everyone.
Now, back to the MV.
The story itself is about an african-american boy who is gay and is in the closet about it until his father finds out about his magazines. He gets lectured and is under despair, that leads to him seeking refuge in his friend’s house. (Not sure if he was fucking his friend but) In the morning, his friend’s father finds him sleeping beside his friend in bed, practically naked except for their boxers.
He gets judged by the friend’s father and leaves in shame while the friendship between his friend and himself is broken. At school, he gets bullied in the boy’s locker room with a ‘dick’ vandalised onto his locker.
The boy then contemplates suicide and had almost pulled a gun to end his life when his teacher gave him an act of kindness that gave him the courage to continue and the story ends with him being married to another man, his husband and adopting a kid.
You may wonder, what did this video do to trigger so many people?
The question is not what it did but rather what it chose to show.
The story aside, the song is sung between 2 perspectives. The boy that’s struggling with suicide and the telephone operator which is working on suicide hotline with the boy, trying to convince him not to kill himself with reasoning.
That itself is already a delicate topic that delves into people’s misconceptions with suicide and depression and in fact, the artist had created the song with the purpose of being something that can save a life.
The song title is even the National suicide prevention hotline for crisps’ sake!
Yet why do people choose to criticise and mock such a beautiful message?
1) The subjects.
2)The portrayal of the topic.
One, we have been brought up to believe that females should be prim and proper while males are to be buff and masculine. These two stereotypes are engrained into our mind since day 1 where girls are told to have special treatment and guys should support the girls.
In the video, we see no girls and instead a guy that’s showing his weaker side. His emotional side. His vulnerable side.
We are taught to believe that men in movies are heroic and brave and never seem to shed any tears but we forget that men are not robots and rather, humans. The main character of the video has been pushed around by others and cries which is unlike the macho men we see in hollywood.
This makes others look at the men in disgust as if they are from another species or aliens. The MC also likes guys which also goes against another societal rule we have been brought up to believe in.
Male + Female = good
Male + Male = bad
This cannot be changed easily even with the acceptance of many, some may still remain skeptics. While others may argue that religion is to blame, I do agree that religion plays a part but it mainly relies on the mindset of the person and how they were brought up.
Like I said before, my family and friends don’t really agree with my thinking but its mostly due to my country where same-sex marriages are banned and looked down upon and even called slurs.
I try to dispell such thinking but once its drilled into your mind, its really hard to change it.
Two, the story is shown in a really raw setting without any sugar-coating or gag moments like in Selena Gomez’s Bad liar.
It is also different from Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy in the romanticization aspect. I like Troye but there is a certain fantasy part of his videos in how they would get the viewers to know the two lovers better and root for them to fall in love.
Logic never really shows the backstory behind the lovers but rather focuses on how badly gay people are being treated. The awkward moments between the MC and the father, the judgement of the MC’s father and his classmates.
Its very blunt I suppose. Personally, I wasn’t very impacted by it but I did feel the emotions of the MC through the lyrics and how the lyrics are used to describe the emotions like:
With my previous post, this had made me lose faith in humanity yet again. When we were in 2010 we had predicted that teleportation pads would be invented but it seems like instead of evolving forwards, we did it backwards.