“All-American Boy” portrays a young gay man who misreads signals from an apparently straight “all-American” male friend. On a day hanging out with the gang, the two guys and a girl take off in a car. She drives, as the guys sit together in the back, with the straight man, at one point, falling asleep on the gay man’s shoulder. Feeling like a third wheel, the girl eventually, angrily drives off, leaving the two men to pal around in the woods, where they end up stripping down and going skinny-dipping — even sharing a quick kiss. Ultimately for the straight guy, it was just all in good fun. But for the gay man, it was something much more significant, and he is left dazed, confused and longing.
Sigh. OK, I get the intent behind this song, but the video is beyond ridiculous. OF COURSE the guys are ripped and OF COURSE they’re shirtless most of the time, because a meaningful gay-themed story can’t be told without being slathered with titillation — as if the gayfolk won’t be interested otherwise. (Unfortunately I suspect it’s true for many.) They’re pretty to look at, but it’s such obvious pandering.
Not to mention the ridiculous skinny-dipping bit and having the other guy turn out as “straight but just having some fun, so ignore that kiss we had while I was naked.” Yeah, sure…that stuff happens allllll the time.
Yes, I’m a cynical bastard. 🙂