By Jamaya Powell
What do you get when you combine Disney fashion, Beyoncé songs, fabulous dancing and put it together into a video? You get YouTube superstar, Todrick Hall!
You may have seen Hall dancing in the background of that new Taylor Swift video, guest judging on RuPaul’s Drag Race, auditioning for American Idol or starring in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway.
Despite not being picked up by major record labels or television networks, Hall has built up his career through YouTube. He eventually caught the attention of Beyoncé and other celebrities for his song covers.
Hall and drag queens featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race have been teaming up to create videos on YouTube. One song called “Wrong Bitch” featured Bob The Drag Queen, the season 8 winner of RPDR.
Not only do I love both of these men and their creativity, but I love how they used this song to send a message. This video is so very important to not only the Black Lives Matter Movement, but to all the people of color in the LGBT+ community.
The song starts with Hall in incredible outfits paying homage to The Wizard of Oz. Even though Hall isn’t a self-proclaimed drag queen, he still often performs in drag. In this video, he gives us a Wicked Witch of the East vibe. Then, Bob The Drag Queen comes in slaying as usual but uses his verses to mention police brutality. He says, “Now if you think that this witch won’t expose / The fact that Five-0’s dropping houses on hoes” and “And if you try to wash my blood off these bricks / You think that I won’t find the guy that came and mopped my kicks.”
Even though this song takes place in the Oz universe, it still reflects the very real issue black people face against police brutality.
Later on in Bob’s rap, we see the imagery of green people with red hair raising their fists in the hair as they gather near the two police cars with flashing lights. The scene resembles the police brutality protests of Black Lives Matter supporters.
After the bridge sang by Hall, he goes into a spoken word piece with a reverence to Martin Luther King Jr.’s public speaking voice.
The piece goes as follows: “My people, my beautiful green brothers and sisters / Tonight we stand together as one. / They have tried to kill our pride / And now they have killed my family. / I’ve seen a lot of things, / But I’ve never seen a house far from the sky, have you? / So we will fight for justice, we will fight for equality / So we will fight for justice, we will fight for equality. / And if the wizard wants to stop me/ He’s gonna have to take me down.”
During this spoken word piece, the video shows green people protesting to the white police officers, who are trying to keep the crowd back.
Bob The Drag Queen comes back in rapping, “Now if you think we got bow down and run? Think we’d be bothered? You got water in your guns?” Hall soon follows and raps, “And if you think we gon cower and be scared / Think I won’t keep marching with my fist up in the air.” They both are saying, as black people, we will continue to fight for justice, no matter the obstacles in our way.
When they finish the song, there are popping sounds and a police siren and we see a white officer kill the green people’s protest leader. She was wearing a hoodie, just like Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot and killed.
Again, this video is so important for both people of color and LGBT+ community.
Bob and Hall are both openly gay black men who often wear women’s clothing and make-up as a way to entertain. As black gay men, they have probably been bullied and rejected by members of their communities. Homophobia is very common in the black community, as well as other minority communities.
Despite the lack of support queer people of color community get from straight minorities, I love how these two entertainers used their platform to speak about issues that address all minorities, specifically black people.
Our black and other minority LGBT+ family members need support from the heterosexual community because they face the same issues we face. If not, worse. Black Lives Matter does not mean only Black Straight Lives Matter.
It means that every black person, no matter if they are gay, trans, bisexual, pansexual, non-binary or whatever? Their life life matters. Thank you to Bob The Drag Queen and Todrick Hall for your message and creativity.