Who Is Fancy shows music industry is OK with gay

By Managing Editor

The music industry has made strides in recent years in terms of allowing LGBT themes and messages into the spotlight.

On Nov. 22, Who Is Fancy released his music video for “Boys Like You,” a song featuring hit makers Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor, giving the song another push in its journey to the top of the charts as a hit song.

The song itself is not very noteworthy. It’s a flirty, doo-wop inspired track about going absolutely boy-crazy.

What is noteworthy, however, is that its main singer, Who Is Fancy, is male and not afraid to sing about pursuing another male.

The video even features Bitstrip-esque cartoon characters of Fancy, Trainor and Grande competing for the affection of their hunky poolboy.

The song, along with its accompanying video, is one of the most obviously gay things to be pushed in the music industry.

Fancy’s musical talent has even caught the attention of major music executives. His having been signed by superstar managers Scooter Braun—who oversees Justin Bieber and Grande’s careers—and Scott Borchetta—most prominently known for discovering Taylor Swift—showing the music industry can now confidently promote gay themes.

LGBT people rejoiced when Lady Gaga released her self-loving anthem “Born This Way” in 2011, which contributed to bringing the topic of gay rights into mainstream media.

That conversation continued when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their hit song “Same Love” to push for marriage equality in the U.S., even going as far as to marry 33 gay and straight couples during one performance of the song at the 2014 Grammys.

But until recently, those pro-gay messages were only received from straight people, (although Gaga has admitted to identifying as bisexual in interviews.)

I’ll admit that “Boys Like You” is not the greatest song—it’s repetitive, childish and uninspired, but it is refreshing to hear a song tinged with such openly gay lyrics be so well received by the general public.

Yes, openly gay singer Sam Smith did connect with millions of listeners with his album In the Lonely Hour, full of highly relatable and emotional heartbreak ballads, showing that gay people experience love no differently than straight people. However, his lyrics generally strayed from using any sort of pronouns that could give away his sexual orientation. 

“Boys Like You” is here, it’s queer and neither the general public nor the industry professionals pushing the song seem to be bothered.