It’s a big day for Norway’s 2012 representative, Tooji. In the same day, he’s released a new song and video called “The Father Project” and while on the press run, he’s also publicly come out as gay.
“The Father Project” is an attack on organized religion’s hypocrisy and willingness to persecute others for being different. The video itself is pretty NSFW, with scenes of the father and Tooji engaged in sexual intercourse in the church mixed with scenes of a service held by Tooji’s lover. There’s a real focus on the anger and conflict that forms their relationship.
The music video is intense enough, but Tooji’s decision to come out has only added more impact (he has called this “the most important thing I’ve done in my life”). In the past, Tooji has been very private about his sexuality and what it means to him, which he also makes crystal clear in this interview. It’s pretty obvious just how passionately he feels about this then, particularly as there is a political side to his message: that the Norwegian government needs to stop discrimination against the LGBTQ community, by eliminating special exemptions from religious organizations.
This is a powerful message and spares no modesty: it’s Ryan Lewis and Mackelmore’s “Same Love”…but way more in-your-face and with a helping of electronica. Tooji lets all of his anger out in the song, but at the same time it’s musically interesting. Church choirs are manipulated along with the EDM influences: a modern-meets-medieval approach that perhaps mimics Tooji’s frustration with a society that is not yet moving forward.
It’s definitely a winner, great for self-empowerment and fuelling that rage deep within. Great job, Tooji, and we’re so proud of you!