by David Mendez
Today is National Coming Out Day, and considering that this weekend is Tucson Pride 2012, we figured that today is a good one to check out the "Animal Style" video from Murs, which was filmed in and around Tucson and features gear from local shops, including The Underestimated City.
"Animal Style," (which was controversial in the hip-hop community for featuring a straight, married rapper kissing another man,) tells a story that hits you right in the heart, following the lives of two men facing the challenges of being young, gay and in love, as their story takes a sad turn for the worst.
From the video's YouTube description:
"Animal Style is a song I did for many reasons," Murs explains. "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 than 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."