Five months ago, #HollandDebutDay trended on Twitter as a welcome message to the first openly gay idol who stirred the South Korean music industry with the reception of his debut single “Neverland”. Over the last few years, K-Pop has given fans a lot of narratives that directly or indirectly talk about the same sex relationship. By normalizing love between same sex individuals, artists like Holland are making a strong point.
On 5th July, the singer repeated the history when he released his second single “I’m Not Afraid”. Unfortunately, the music video received R-rating from YouTube and the reason seems to lie in the kiss that was showcased between Holland and his fictional love.YouTube’s decision was definitely upsetting as it brought the fight back to square one. But fans made a point to showcase their support in every way possible. Till now, the MV has accumulated 1.8 Million views.
“I’m Not Afraid” is a catchy love song that talks about one’s yearning for one’s beloved. The music video showcases a group of friends who get together to celebrate love and have some fun. It ends with a passionate kiss between the characters, a happy ending that we usually expect in any romantic narrative.
The phrase “I’m Not Afraid” is not just a title of the music video but also a statement that reiterates the fact that love has no place for bias and we all deserve to live a peaceful life.
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