LGBT activist, Oscar-winning screenwriter and Tom Daley’s main squeeze, Dustin Lance Black has written a sweet short film for Coke’s True Friendship campaign.
The powerful short is called, O SMS or ‘The Text’ in English, and shows the touching moment when Diego finds out that his best friend is gay.
Coke’s synopsis reads, “In this eight-minute film, a group of teen boys joke and tease each other in the usual high school way about girls, video games and such-like. Two of the boys are especially close buddies, but Rafael is hiding something from his friend Diego– he’s gay. When he leaves his phone unattended, Diego reads a text that surprises him. His decision to cover for his friend, and accept him for who he is, is what cements this true friendship.”
Dustin Lance Black made a statement about his involvement in the film, and commended Coke for taking a pro-gay stance. He said, “‘The Text’ was perhaps the most personal for me to direct. As an artist, I feel I have a responsibility to share the stories of who LGBT people truly are in order to dispel any atmosphere of fear that might prevent LGBT people from sharing their lives openly.” He added, “For Coca-Cola to take a pro-diversity, pro-equality stance creates a lot of goodwill in the LGBT community.”
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