Oct 9, 2015
The united states is completely utilised to observing gay men portrayed in media as a checklist of stereotypes. In the very same way that African-American ladies should not be described by the “angry black woman” stereotype, gay men should not be described by the caricature of the garishly-dressed gay dude with really loud sweaters and a hankering for obscure movie-noir references. (Modern day Spouse and children, I’m looking at you.) When displays like Will and Grace and The New Normal had been groundbreaking in that they basically portrayed gay people (gasp—we exist!), these portrayals had been way too frequently parodies of gay people. The unfortunate truth is that this is frequently all we see. And interactions in between two fellas are rare, primarily in mainstream new music. The only music that presently comes to intellect is “Forrest Gump” by Frank Ocean.
And that is why we want to talk about Troye Sivan, the YouTube star, turned-pop wunderkind who’s presently storming the charts. He just lately unveiled an EP entitled Wild (which I have been taking part in on a loop fairly substantially every day considering the fact that it came out), and the accompanying new music video clip trilogy, entitled Blue Neighbourhood, is a excellent visible representation of the enjoy, lust, complexity, suffering and heartbreak that embody falling in enjoy. Other than, plot twist: Troye is brazenly gay, so all that emotion is intended for another dude. (Get that, mainstream media.)
I watched Component 2 of the Blue Neighborhood sequence, entitled Fools, the day it was released—and it diminished me to a sobbing mess in the middle of the cafeteria for a good range of explanations. For just one, it’s a tale a good deal of members of the gay group can relate to: two youngsters fall in enjoy, but homophobia and abuse keep them aside. Not only that, the full and agonizing scope of the connection (and all the suffering and heartbreak that, in this case, came soon after) is showcased. Blue Neighborhood is the to start with piece of media I can don’t forget that completely embraces two fellas kissing as something completely regular. There is unabashed sexual intercourse, enthusiasm, genuine enjoy, heartbreak and all the complexities that arrive with being a gay teenager: crises of id, homophobia, and even self-hatred. For when, a tale of two fellas in enjoy is truthful. It is uncooked, genuine and ridiculously complicated—just like enjoy. And that is fairly substantially the scope of what Troye was getting at: portrayals of enjoy should not be certain by stereotypes. Immediately after all, we as individuals are affected by enjoy the very same way, no make any difference who it is we’re basically in enjoy with.
Sigh. I enjoy him.
Also, if anybody can hook me up with tickets to his sold-out New York present, I’ll gladly be your close friend without end.
Enjoy the new music video clips for Wild and Fools, and explain to us what you think!