The Norwegian ESC singer Tooji has caused a lot of trouble in Norway with his new video clip “Father Project”. The video shows Tooji kissing a priest and making love with him in front the partly amused and partly shocked audience in a church. The very aesthetical video in black and white is also filmed in a real church. This fact caused a lot of negative reactions from the Norwegian church and the public. “Such sexual videos should not be filmed in a holy place, neither gay love nor straight love” is their message.
Furthermore Tooji utilized his video for his own coming out as being gay. The 28 years old Tooji emphasized that gay love has often been not treated equally in the past and people needed to feel ashamed and guilty for their true feelings. Homosexual love is equal to heterosexual love – it is a part of God. His aim is to protect and motivate young gays and lesbians on their way.
The video clip is made in a great way, of course it provokes a bit, but in a nice and open way. For conservative viewers this might be shocking, but there is nothing wrong with love. And love is also a part of believing, one of the most important part in every human’s life.
Tooji was born in Shiraz, Iran and immigrated to Norway with his mother in his early youth. He had the honour to represent Norway in the 2012 ESC in Baku, where he finished last with his song “Stay”.
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