“All-American Boy” Steve Grand made a sexy splash with his coming out video this month, but a gay Atlanta blogger says the gay country singer is peddling in nothing more than pouty lips and sad portrayals.
Says Mark King of My Fabulous Disease:
Gay men drink too much, feel sorry for themselves, and come on to straight dudes when their girlfriends aren’t around: that’s the message from the music video of newly-minted gay country singer Steve Grand.
And gay media is too busy fawning over the young stud to notice.
Let’s be clear. We did our fair share of fawning over Grand, an ablicious former model who doesn’t spare the flesh in his video. We explored all of his bulges in the Morning Fix and thought more than a few naughty things while watching the video. Again and again.
But really, who hasn’t as a young and newly gay man – Grand is in his early twenties – explored their sexuality with a little alcohol and some misplaced affections aimed at a hot gay-friendly (but straight) friend? It’s how many gay men help take off the training wheels to dating.
Grand drinks with, flirts with and tries to get with his straight (and equally ablicious) bro during the video. It’s a bromance and not a romance and the straight bud graciously turns him down. Is it anything more than the same misplaced flirting that takes place between straight guys and uninterested sexy ladies in Buckhead bars? No, but King argues otherwise.
Maybe Grand figures that his fellow gays will be too distracted by the video’s lascivious preoccupation with his pouty lips and sculpted abs to notice that, as portrayed here, he is one false move away from some serious gay bashing.
Those lips are so pouty. But really, gay bashing?
The young singer and songwriter maxed out a credit card to create the $7,000 video and did so as openly gay, which surely won’t win him any favors in country music. Yet there are country music stars that today still won’t come out. But that’s not enough for critics of Grand’s flashy, fleshy approach.
It’s not as if Grand isn’t entitled to have a fantasy boyfriend who happens to be straight – who hasn’t? – but if the singer really wants to challenge stereotypes, why the hell is he portraying gay men as sad, predatory drunks? Why not just record his song over four minutes of the self loathing 1970′s film “The Boys in the Band?”
The video’s been a viral hit, scoring more than 871,000 views since its July 2 release. Sure he sexes it up, but that’s entertainment. Besides the abs, how about celebrating the early success of an unabashedly gay singer. Invite Grand to Atlanta Pride, host a shirtless kiki and forget, if even for a minute, all that the world throws at LGBT people.