Perfume Genius’ new video for his song Queen makes for a perfect visual companion to the powerful gay anthem. Directed by SSION (who has previously made music videos for Gossip, The Dum Dum Girls, and Santigold) the video features Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas “cast as a kind of alternative universe Forrest Gump and Jenny, except with fluid genders and ever shifting identities,” according to the press release.
Hadreas floats around empowering all those he meets in the video with the refrain, “don’t you know you’re queen?” Addressing the song and video in a statement, Hadreas said, “Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by…if these fucking people want to give me some power—if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles—well, here she comes.” This video is definitely empowering. Also, it made BlackBook editor, Jacob Brown and me cry. I can blame it on PMS, but I don’t know what his excuse is.
Watch the video for yourself right here: