They recently appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair Italia’s special Pride issue. And tonight in Poland Måneskin gave us even more proof that they are allies of the LGBTQ community.
Performing their global hit “I Wanna Be Your Slave” at the Polsat SuperHit Festival in Sopot, Poland, bandmates Damiano David and Thomas Raggi decided to close the number with a kiss.
As the audience erupted in applause, Damiano said: “We think that everyone should be allowed to do this without any fear. We think that everyone should be completely free to be whoever the f*ck you want. Thank you Poland! Love is never wrong.”
Måneskin’s Damiano and Thomas kiss in Poland to support LGBT rights
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Bass guitarist Victoria De Angelis commented under the post, writing: “We all should be proud of who we are. We love you!”
That the group would stage a same-sex kiss in Poland isn’t mere coincidence. Poland’s LGBTQ+ community has felt increasingly under threat in recent years. As Deutsche Welle reports, “the ruling populist PiS party, as well as the Catholic clergy, have been accused of boosting homophobia in Poland.”
“Polish President Andrzej Duda has also been criticized for saying , ‘LGBT is not people, it’s an ideology’ and claimed it was ‘even more destructive than communism.'”
Even the choice of song seems relevant to notions of freedom and living life on one’s own terms. Damiano and his bandmates have previously discussed how the “I Wanna Be Your Slave” lyrics discuss the many facets of human sexuality.
Victoria told Corriere della Sera that of all the lyrics on their album, “I wanna be your slave, I wanna be your master” spoke to her the most strongly.
“I recognize myself in the dualism of opposite things,” she said. “Each of us tends to get an idea of himself and to get stuck there. Instead, one can have pleasure in thinking and being the opposite, while remaining oneself….striving for things that you can appreciate later, but which you don’t feel ready for now.”