Jessie and the Toy Boys Tackle Prop 8 in New ‘Runaway’ Video
Jessie and the Toy Boys took a unique, politically minded twist to their new ‘Runaway’ video. The clip contrasts the parallels between wanting a relationship you know you’re not supposed to, with the overturning of Proposition 8 (an attempt at a statewide ban on gay marriage) in California.
In the video, Jessie and her boyfriend are on a double date with pals. It becomes clear that Jessie and her bestie’s lover have the hots for one another — and their current significant others can see it. It begins with lingering stares over dinner and wine, and it continues with dreams and a run for it on the street.
The video stars Mollie Thomas, the first openly gay Miss California USA contestant. “I was overjoyed to learn that Proposition 8 was recently over turned in my home state of California,” Jessie said of the video. “It’s a step in the right direction, however for a country that teaches it’s children to place their right hand over their hearts and pledge ‘liberty and justice for all,’ we still have a long way to go towards actually making that a reality.”
“When I wrote ‘Runaway’ with DJ Skeet Skeet, we wrote it from the perspective of our 13-year-old selves, who felt pressure from our parents and society to be something that we were not,” she continued. “The song is ultimately about breaking free and following your heart.”
The scenes are cut with images of Proposition 8 protests and LGBT imagery. “I don’t care what they say, ’cause / We’re old enough to fight for freedom / If it’s sink or swim, are you flying? / If it’s do or die, are you bleeding?” Jessie sings in front of an American flag. “All that matters is love,” she sings later on, “And love is all that matters.”
However, there’s a twist to the entire video. We don’t want to ruin the surprise for you, but let’s just say Jessie puts her money where her mouth is when it comes to her support of gay rights. The video served as a sweet Valentine’s Day message to her fans, ending with a simple but powerful message: “Everyone deserves love.”
Watch the Jessie and the Toy Boys ‘Runaway’ Video