I was intrigued by the response to indie-rapper Murs‘ “Animal Style”. The song and its accompanying music video were created as a response to “the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exists within hip hop culture”. Some viewers have lashed out that we don’t need a straight man attempting to tell our story, but they’re missing the point here—this isn’t for us.
I will wholeheartedly admit that the ending made me uncomfortable at first. “That’s not the answer!” I shouted in my head. “That is definitely not the answer!”
Then I thought about it. That might seem like the answer if you’re living in a world that’s constantly telling you you’re wrong. While you or someone else might feel empowered by the video or Murs’ support, this is more about highlighting the societal consequences of homophobia and challenging non-gay (or closeted) listeners to rise above ignorance.
In that sense, I can get behind this. What are your thoughts?
Click through to watch the music video for “Animal Style”:
Murs explains: “Animal Style is a song I did for many reasons. The first was to be an advocate for people close to me who are out, and those who have yet to come out. It’s also a love song, which is nothing new for me. But with this one I wanted to challenge the listener to ask themselves: Is the love shared by two people of the same gender, really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex? And finally, I just felt it was crucial for some of us in the hip hop community to speak up on the issues of teen suicide, bullying, and the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exists within hip hop culture. I felt so strongly about these issues and this song that I had to do a video that would command some attention, even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable. Even if it came at the cost of my own comfort.”