Against a divided screen displaying a forest, a little 8-year-old brunette boy wearing a plaid jacket runs across the stage. Luke Bryan stands on the right side of the stage, hands in his pockets. A blonde 8-year-old boy puts his arm around the brunette boy. They both smile. On screen, two children fly a kite in the forest.
Back on stage, Bryan stands behind two 10-year-old girls who have their arms around each other’s shoulders. In front are two fiftysomething women talk with one another.
On screen, people walk on the sidewalk. A fifteen-year-old woman and man smile from their screens. As the camera moves to the left, a mother kisses her baby and the stadium lights shine on a field at the local high school. Bryan stands next to a screen where a couple holds hands as they walk.
As the camera moves to right, two teenage young woman smile and a fiftysomething construction worker holds his axe and then fades. A sixteen-year-old young woman walks on stage, carrying her phone. The screen is displayed on both screens. She taps it and takes a selfie.
The screens switch to the nightly news. A male anchor reports the latest tragedy. The footage shows cleanup after an area has been devastated. He puts his hand over his heart while a fire burns and the police sirens blare. A group of people of a various ages stand on both sides of him and then fade.
The camera moves to the right as people of various ages smile on the divided screens. On stage, a female soldier crosses her arms. A mother holds her baby. A pregnant woman smiles.
He walks left and stands in front of the a thirtysomething woman, a couple, a little boy and his father and a mother and her son. On the divided screens, the people of various ages smile.
The “most” people:
White people, preferably those in heterosexual relationship who have children. A few Asians are okay. A single light-skinned African-American woman passes the invisible test.
The “bad” people:
Any person of color (minus the few exceptions), the LGBTQ community, childless women.
Given the song’s title and lack of diversity, it sends out a dangerous signal. As blatant as a Russian bot, it seeks to divide and perpetuate myths. The United States featured is only wish fulfillment for extremists and hate groups. It’s almost a call to action to maintain the outdated status quo.
Women have little to no agency. Their roles are as mothers or best friends (with another a young woman). Their main interest is to their vanity and seek popularity on social media by posting selfies. It’s encouraged at a young age. A single woman was able to break through and become a soldier. However, it’s an anomaly rather than the norm.
The LGBTQ community is nonexistent. Love is only considered acceptable between a man and a woman. It’s a narrow point of view that has hindered progress for decades and in the 80s, allowed millions to die from AIDS before anything was done. As long as the traditional idea of love is seen as the only right way to live, the LGBTQ must continue to fight.
Director: N/A Year: 2018
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