Watch: Video for Pet Shop Boys' Oppressive (The Best Gay Possible)
There's now a video for their incredible track remixing gay rights activist Panti Bliss...
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You might have heard a new track from Pet Shop Boys over the weekend – Oppressive (The Best Gay Possible).
If you did, you probably loved it, like we did. And you're probably going to watch this new video that's been released to accompany the song.
In case you missed it, Oppressive (The Best Gay Possible) is built up around the speech of gay rights activist and drag queen Panti Bliss, given at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. In the speech, Panti (real name Rory O'Neill) talks of her own heartbreaking experiences of every day homophobia.
The speech is set to a background of trance music, and this new video is interspersed with examples of unforgivable hate crimes committed against the LGBT community, including gay men being physically assaulted in public. It's powerful, powerful stuff.
In February, Bliss was at the centre of a political storm after accusing a Catholic group of being homophobic during an appearance on Irish television. This lead to the broadcaster RTE paying €85,000 in damages to the Iona Institute and several journalists after threat of legal action in a move that received condemnation from gay rights campaigners.
Bliss’ subsequent speech, where she spoke of the opposition she had encountered since, went viral when it appeared on YouTube and garnered widespread support from both the public and celebs like Graham Norton and Stephen Fry.
The track is well worth a listen, and the accompanying video really is heartbreaking and reminds us that – on the advent of same-sex marriage in England and Wales being written into law – we still have a long way to go in the fight for true equality.
The Pet Shop Boys are also embarking on a UK tour in a couple of months. Kicking off at Brighton Centre on 29 May, including dates in Birmingham, Cardiff and Blackpool. They also headline Bingley Music Live at Myrtle Park, West Yorkshire, in August.