Sam Smith Was A Skinny Cis Woman If Anyone Was In Her New Music Video
“It is not the sexual nature of the video at the height of the outrage; this is fact. That a non-binary person dare to star in this.” Judging by the reaction online, it was obviously quite shocking. I typed “I’m Not Here to Make Friends” into YouTube, pressed play, and held my breath. looked forward to.
A new music video released
When I heard that Sam Smith released a “candid” new music video. which was “hyper-sexualized” and “sparked debate over age restrictions”, I was deeply concerned. What on earth could this be, I thought? Some light bonding, maybe? Some barely concealed drug reference? Anyone simulating a blow job? An updated tribute to the Christina Aguilera “Dirty” video for the Grindr era?
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Sam Smith in luscious pink dress and gloves
First up, there was Sam Smith, in a luscious pink dress and gloves, about to step out of a golden helicopter. Then there he was again, in a giant ostrich feather hat, performing on the steps of a mansion. Then there they were again, in shiny 1930s corsets and nipple dangles. So far, so campy and fashion. But where were the “shocking” elements? I fast forward a few seconds to the part where the water cannon was being sprayed into Sam’s mouth.
Watching the first few scenes of a movie
And then a familiar sensation came over me, like when you’re watching the first few scenes of a movie before realizing you’ve seen it before. Oops, I realise. People aren’t offended because it’s sexual. They are offended because it is overly gay and sexist. People don’t know what to do with their discomfort—so they decide the video itself must be the problem. They’re angry, they think, so the video must be offensive.
Madonna dancing in front of a flaming cross
Clearly, Sam Smith isn’t the first artist to ever cause a furor with a music video. As many people have been quick to point out online, Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” sparked such widespread controversy at the time that it was condemned by the Vatican. But Madonna was dancing in front of the flaming cross. And that was 33 years ago. It’s not a stretch to say that underneath this “But what about the kids?” Anxiety is the thinly disguised manifestation of querophobia.
Relatively less popular pop video
To really understand the reaction directed toward this quite funny and relatively underrated pop video. It’s worth zooming out a bit to see the ways in which a very specific kind of querophobia has spread across the cultural landscape in recent years. Has gone. Last year, right-wing protesters held signs reading “Welcome groomers” and “This is child abuse” outside British libraries. Assembled in response to the Drag Queen Story Hour—a family-friendly event. In which the drag queen reads stories to the children.
Described by a journalist from Good Morning Britain
If a skinny cis woman wore a corset with nipple allusions. So this level of pearl-grabbing and furious debate wouldn’t happen, it certainly wouldn’t be described as “obscene”. We see it all the time. It seemed the protestors themselves were being drawn to sexualized, adult entertainment – despite there being zero sexual content involved. Again: He felt offended, so he decided that the incident must be offensive. It’s definitely cheeky—a brief, winking urge of a golden shower. But hardly “hardcore pornography”, as described by a reporter for Good Morning Britain.