Troye Sivan’s presence as an unapologetically queer artist making mainstream music may not seem like a novel thing in 2018, but a generation ago – even a decade ago – it would have been unheard of and, compared to now, his success would have been miniscule.
In a new addition to the popular “reacts” video trend on YouTube, Into sat down four older gay men and had them watch Sivan’s videos and give their thoughts.
After the group admitted that none of them knew of Sivan or his work, they watched videos from his Blue Neighborhood era and the video for “Bloom.” The quartet got emotional during the heavy storyline of “Blue Neighborhood,” relating to the stories of abuse and an unaccepting family.
“It reminds me a lot of my own history,” said Robert. “At age 75 I’ve never come out to the rest of my family. My family knows I’m gay but it has never been something that’s talked about or dealt with in a confrontational way. Because it’s to be kept hidden away.”
The mood was much lighter when the men watched Sivan’s latest video for the title track off his upcoming album, Bloom. Jessay was visibly tickled, pointing at the screen and saying “That’s me” when he saw Sivan in one of his vibrant outfits from the video. “You’re jealous,” teased Robert.
The cast unanimously agreed that Sivan is playing an important part as a role model for young LGBTQ children that is so blatantly queer, emphasizing that seeing someone like yourself in the mainstream is imperative to keeping the loneliness at bay that many queer children face. Watch, below.