TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016 |
Posted by: Don Saas
Everybody's got self-esteem issues. Lord knows I do. Being short and more feminine than the average dude by society's standards led to a lot of harassment and bullying as a kid (and even as an adult). At a fundamental level, everybody needs to be reminded that they're loved and that people care about them for who they are and not some abstracted ideal that society tries to force on us all. But sadly, we get very little of that positive reinforcement. Instead, we're blasted with media images of the "perfect body," we're blasted with news reels of major presidential candidates saying that they want to persecute you because of your religion or your sexuality or your gender identity, we're hit time and time again with the casual cruelty of life in America that we're forced to accept as "how it is," and I don't know about the rest of you but it is fucking exhausting.
Arizona alternative pop act The Maine tackle this very question in their uplifting video for "Am I Pretty." Assembling a diverse group of individuals struggling with body issues, gender identity, being queer in America, and a host of other issues and giving testimonials on their struggles, the Maine have painted a picture letting not only these people but anybody else watching the video know that things will be alright and that it can get better.