I was browsing the Internet when I came across a short film. It’s called “Love is all you need?”, by Kim Rocco Shields, and tells the story of a little girl who has to come to terms with her sexuality. Pretty routine, you might say, there are billions of videos like this on the Internet. Yes there are, but this video has one significant difference: the girl realizes that she is straight.
What this short film does is brilliant: it turns the whole concept of homophobia upside down, making homosexuality the norm and heterosexuality the ‘perversion condemned by God’.
First of all, I have to say it’s shot flawlessly. The dialogues are really good and the music is just perfect. But there’s more to it than just this. It was kind of a revelation under many aspects because, even though I’m gay myself, I’ve never felt the colossal stupidity of some behaviors, if that makes sense. I’m not saying that I’m not appalled by bullying or that I don’t feel very strongly about marriage equality and fighting homophobia, but it has never seemed so…absurd, there is no other way to describe it.
We are so used to living in a heteronormative society, that we sometimes find justifications for other people, we rationalize their behavior. If someone of a certain age is being homophobic, we justify them by thinking that they grew up in a world were being gay wasn’t even an option. If someone who comes from a small town says faggot or dyke we rationalize, probably they’ve never met an out gay person so they don’t really think that they are talking about people who are all around them. But we shouldn’t do that. I know I’ve done it more times than I’d like to admit. But we shouldn’t. Because if you look at it from the other side, then you really realize how easy it should be to accept someone who is not really different from you.
One of the best characters in the film is one of the mothers of the protagonist. She’s a raging heterophobic who makes fun of a straight couple who has just moved in next door (‘They even have a pink and blue flag on their bumper…!’). She doesn’t even want her children to walk in front of their house on their way to school. It’s almost funny until you realize that such statements about gay couples aren’t so rare after all.
It’s brilliant because it’s so simple. Your heart cries for this little girl and all you can think of is how dumb everyone is and how silly their arguments are.
I don’t want to give away too much about the movie, so I’m just going to say that I’ve found it extremely interesting and touching. It’s gone viral in many countries and some people have stated that it has changed their views on homosexuality.
Has anyone seen it already? What did you think of it? If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend it -whether you are straight or not-, because it’s definitely worth it.