JYJ‘s Junsu‘s “Tarantallegra” is perhaps the gayest music video of the year, and in Asian pop, that’s certainly saying something. I don’t mean gayest in the homophobic way either, with negative connotations, I mean it’s like homosexual and overtly so.
The only way I can explain it is that it strikes me the same way as a Lady Gaga music video, except it’s a dude doing it, and there’s better dancing with shittier music.
I can already feel the argument inbound from fans saying that he’s not gay and all that. Which is fine, maybe he’s not, but this is sure a tribute to cock if I’ve ever seen it. In a weird way though, it’s not bad, even for a straight guy (the tribute, not cock, you gutter-minded fucks).
I mean, people throw around the word “gay” far too often, but you can’t tell me this isn’t homoerotic as fuck.
Look, the music video starts off with a shot of FLAMES going up in front of a group of men aligned in a phallic formation with Junsu wearing a cape like outfit with no shirt underneath, leather pants with a flamboyant belt buckle, makeup shot on his face like a makeup gun was set to whore, and blonde dyed hair. I mean, come on.
Come on, right?
So we’re ten seconds into the music video, and there’s already been Junsu in the most flamboyant outfit possible, and now there are three shirtless dudes in skinny jeans, one of which looks like he’s jizzing.
If the hat tip to Lady Gaga couldn’t get any more obvious, this outfit has to give it away, right? With the pointy shoulder pads thingy a la “Born This Way“?
Seriously, what the fuck is he wearing?
WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?
So after reading all that, obviously I hate the music video, right? Actually no. It’s an entertaining music video, both because of the action in it and because it was awesome to look for the homoerotic moments and the flamboyantly gay outfits.
Where it loses points for me is that he tries to act all serious and hard (no pun), but it’s extremely difficult for me to take him seriously when he’s wearing an outfit that miss A‘s Suzy got called a slut for wearing.
There’s something amazing to me about a pop culture world where a male idol can wear something a female idol gets criticized for, and then the male idol can get his dick sucked by the media and fans for doing it.
Regardless of the awkwardness of it and the overt homoerotic themes, I thought the sets were awesome, it was a quality production, and his dancing was impressive.
It was honestly inherently intriguing to me, if for nothing else than just to see how many things I could find that made me laugh out loud.
I’m not sure about the music, but I’m certainly sold on his music video grabbing attention and making an impression.