Come join the beautiful people, bring your magic marker
Oh my. This is tough. It’s clear that “The Best Thing About Me is You,” the new single and video from Ricky Martin is a deeply personal statement for him since coming out last March. It offers a clear, heartwarming message about inclusion that, quite frankly, in these divisive times, can never be stressed enough.
It’s a relentlessly earnest and upbeat song and clip. The simple video, shot primarily against a white or black background often with equality scribblings in a black marker, features people of all different races, religions (there’s a woman in an abaya) and sexual orientation. Of course, the unifying feature is that they’re all stunningly gorgeous and straight from a modeling agency. (He could have stood to have thrown some normal-looking people in there, I’m just saying...no one could ever possibly object to a world populated by such staggering pretty people, no matter what their political, sexual or religious persuasion).
The video opens like an Amnesty International promo clip. Martin, arms crossed, is silenced by a piece of tape over his mouth (on which is written “You=Me”) as images of different people—a gay couple, a Muslim and Westerner, a young girl, a very pregnant woman stroking her belly—swirl by and a portentous voiceover says “Love/Equality/Justice/Innocence/Freedom.” If there was ever a well-intentioned clip, this is it. By the end, the multitudes are all together, gently swaying back and forth with Martin. And it bores me to tears. Plus, where's Joss Stone, who sings on the track?
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