CHICAGO—A gay country singer’s first music video has received more than 840,000 views since he posted it to YouTube on July 2.
The video for “All-American Boy” by Steve Grand features a gay man who skinny-dips with his straight friend while they are on a camping trip. The two men briefly kiss, but the straight man playfully rejects his advance.
Grand told ABC News on July 9 his song is “about that longing for someone” as opposed to “about being gay.”
“I wrote it from the most [pure] genuine place of my soul,” he said.
Some gay rights advocates have criticized Grand’s video for depicting a scenario they say could prompt anti-gay violence.
“Maybe Grand figures that his fellow gays will be too distracted by the video’s lascivious preoccupation with his pouty lips and sculpted abs to notice that,” Mark S. King wrote on the Bilerico Project on July 8. “As portrayed here, he is one false move away from some serious gay bashing.”