With Frank Ocean’s recent coming out, there was no time like the present for Murs to drop a video for his controversial gay love narrative “Animal Style.” When I interviewed Murs last year, he mentioned the track was made after conversations with his gay friends and wanting to start serious dialogue in the Hip-Hop community. As a married man who still cringes when he sees two gay men being affectionate, Murs details below how he overcame is own personal hangups to star in the video.
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 from 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 exist 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.
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