We get sent a lot of music from unsigned acts looking for a bit of publicity. This one takes the biscuit, and not in a good way.
The artist in this video is Jay Jacobson, and the song itself is about being gay and being accepted for what you are. Jay calls it equality though. I call it self-indulgent.
Here’s the thing: I have no problem accepting homosexuality either in pop videos or in real life. We’re at a stage in pop culture where realistic depictions of gay people are starting to shine through. I’m thinking of course about Cam and Mitch in [[Modern Family (TV Series)|Modern Family]], and Dave and Ivan on [[Being Erica (TV Series)|Being Erica]].
Jay’s video – in which he takes center stage – comes off as preachy and a bit fake. You’ll see him taking his partner to dinner with his parents and his father choking as the two hold hands at the table. Seriously man, you’re 40 and you’re coming out and your parents never had a clue?
To add insult to injury, the ‘romantic dancing’ is about as sensual as showering in old dishwater. There’s no chemistry there whatsoever. There is finger sucking and lesbians cavorting in a toilet though. What’s the subtext there, that you have to hide in a toilet with your ladyfriend if you want a kiss?
I’d like to say there’s some redeeming aspect to the song, but it comes off as unsubtle and dated. There have to be better ways to make social statements in music than with this sledgehammer approach. We’re seeing so many gay couples in pop videos now as well – Pink, Katy Perry, Boyzone, etc. I’m not doubting that Jay’s experienced hostility in the past, and I understand that. It’s just that the whole concept here is so artless. It’s hardly a Papa Don’t Preach for the homosexual market, is it?
Here’s the video – I’m interested to hear what you guys think. Am I being too harsh here or is this song actually achieving anything?