Chris Chameleon appears in drag in his new video Hurt dedicated to victims of the Orlando attack and the LGBTI community.
The 44-year-old South African artist told Gay Star News: ‘I filmed the video in March but after the Orlando massacre I felt it was a useful way to express the horror and disgust I felt about that attack, as well as my support for the gay community.’
Talking about the attack, he says: ‘From the reports and information at my disposal I intuit that the attacker was, perhaps, in a horrible drawer somewhere the closet. Because of the constraints society and his religiosity placed on his admissions, self-permissions and choices, he was deeply engrossed in a battle he could never win.’
‘It was a battle against the truth in himself. There’s another, more crass word for this — madness.’
‘Life must be brutal. Imagine that every time you see a gay person you’re washed with guilt, diabolic judgement, lies and condemnation.’
‘I can only hope that the LGBTI community will be brave and not feel threatened. We can’t let this sort of violence succeed in it’s objective, to silence us. The LGBTI community has to continue, undaunted, with love, laughter and resolve.’
Chameleon has been a proud supporter of gay rights in South Africa. He says there is a lot of beauty that comes from the LGBTI community. ‘It is as if there is something about the gay community that makes it more aware of beauty.’
‘Most people in my circle are well kept, spend time on attention to detail, making the world a more beautiful place. I guess this probably comes across as naive or a superficial observation, but that’s what I see and it greatly pleases me.’
‘I like beautiful things, beautiful ideas, beautiful dreams, so there are obvious grounds for my affinity for the gay community right there.’
He also told GSN that LGBTI people are ‘regular, ordinary people capable of exhibiting every bore, compassion, prejudice, eccentricity, or ’normality’ of any other community’ and that society would have gone a step further the day the LGBTI label becomes less important.
‘I believe it’s nobody’s business and nobody has the right to interfere or hurl scorn at you because of something that they can never fully understand unless they’ve walked the mile in your shoes.’
‘The world needs LGBTI people, that it does not always know this, doesn’t change the fact that the world needs LGBTI people’
Watch the music video for hurt below: