5 Homoerotic Music Videos That Were Too Hot For Censors To Handle
Lil Nas X recently started posting snippets of new songs online, which means another era of shameless gay music may soon be upon us.
We can’t imagine how he could possibly top last year’s shocking homoeroticism. Montero video, but it seems certain he will do his best to send pearl-hungry conservatives into a tailspin once again.
In anticipation of what’s to come, let’s take a look at five music videos that were just too hot for the media to handle. Kudos to artists who live provocatively and embrace sexuality, and may the art ahead be even wilder and sluttier than these…
Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
The original video for this ’80s new wave anthem follows a suit-and-tie guy’s gradual descent into the burrow of an underground leather bar. It features the lead battling a tiger on stage for a crowd of mustachioed dudes, a Caeser-esque bear presiding over the club stripping down to a leather thong, and ends with the lead character fully part of the crowd and crushing another man from behind. The video was quickly banned by the BBC for… well, all that. The original song was also banned from BBC radio for suggestive lyrics (the constantly repeated “when you wanna come” in particular), which ended up being outdone by the suggestiveness of the song’s advertising campaign. An NME advertisement for the single featured gay singer Holly Johnson in a tank top and sailor hat with the slogan “All The Nice Boys Love Sea Men” and boasting “nineteen inches that must always be taken”. Another saw gay singer Paul Rutherford with a shaved head and leather gloves introducing him as “a guide to Amsterdam bars”. Frankie Goes To Hollywood knew exactly what they were doing, and they did it with aplomb.
justify my love by Madonna (1990)
“Want, need, wait…” justify my love was Madonna at her most softcore, with all the players in the video caressing, kissing and watching everyone. This first single of the gay founding text The Immaculate Collection is perhaps the most defining “too hot for MTV” music video in history, and its indulgent take on sadomasochism and bisexuality (as well as being immediately banned from MTV) led to it becoming the best-selling video single of all time. The success of this black and white masterclass on sensuality no doubt contributed to his leaning towards eroticism in later projects like Eroticthe Sex coffee table book and the erotic thriller film A body of evidence. Despite all the protests the masses made in public, it was clear that women with pulled facial hair and men in tight harnesses were popular behind closed doors.
All lovers by Kylie Minogue (2010)
After a light handful of same-sex music video kisses through the 2000s like Christina’s “Beautiful” and tATu’s “All The Things She Said,” Kylie Minogue finally came along and reminded people that sometimes a video just has to be a mess of body writhing and sexuality. Exposed skin and hands crossing gender or sex have seen this video allegedly banned in several countries including Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. 2010 was actually a banner year for gay men kissing in music videos for big names at the time (“Firework,” “Raise Your Glass,” etc.), but with its pansexual wonderland rising up to the skies, Miss Minogue literally imposed herself. .
air house by Brendan MacLean (2017)
Inspired by “Gay Semiotics” by Hal Fischer, the 18+ air house The video (NSFW link!) racked up nearly a million views before being banned from YouTube. His 10-day suspension time came as a surprise to MacLean, who uploaded it to the platform as a joke and expected him to drop immediately. The video for this airy synth-pop number ends up serving as a code guide for more visual learners, eventually becoming so graphic with its kinky and fetishistic elements that we can’t directly host it on our wholesome, family-friendly website. . The brave at heart, the kinky at heart, and Capital Q queers who appreciate a light helping of John Waters-level dirt can find the video on the internet.
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X (2021)
Our little country rap wonder swapped her cowboy boots for thigh-high pumps and rode that stripper bar to hell like rent was due. The original Lil Nas X come-up DL image had been all but forgotten by the time the Montero the rollout arrived and was instead replaced by a heavily gay cultural countercurrent. This new image has fully materialized in Montero music video that featured heavily homoerotic and biblical imagery, the most notable of which being a nearly naked Nas opening it to a beefcake version of Satan himself. The word “iconic” is pretty common these days, but the scenes of this budding male popstar throwing himself into the devil’s lap before breaking his neck and seizing the throne of Hell for himself must surely to have secured their place in the annals of homosexual history.