A video poem about homophobia in 2018 posted to BBC Social on Monday has already racked up 8 million views on Facebook and has been shared nearly 100,000 times.
The poem explores heteronormativity, homophobia and love in modern-day Scotland. It may be familiar to many LGBT+ people as you decided whether or not to show displays of affection in public with your significant other.
“See, normality is a crowd-sourced fantasy, but it turns every single silent person in this park into an enemy,’ the narrator continues, as he walks with his boyfriend.
“I may sound angry, but I’m just scared, because in the midst of this, and this, and that, there’s one person I’m not looking at,’ he says, turning to his boyfriend. ‘Because a face looks different in the daylight than in the night, when at least there’s no one looking.”
The video was produced by BBC’s The Social which is a content channel telling stories of queer young people in Scotland, by young people in Scotland.
The combination of poetry, visuals and kinetic typography come together seamlessly and make this an extremely powerful piece.
“We walk hand in hand in the park,’ the poem begins. ‘I’m late and it’s time I make a choice. We’re both boys, you see. If you were to go back and look, you’d see a hundred eyes hurry to objectify this hand in hand stance.
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