So, Talk About Equality is far from being any kind of entertainment reviewing blog, but once in a while something comes across our facebook or twitter that we can’t let go without a comment or passing it along.
Last night, a friend posted a little video called “Gay Pirates” on my facebook wall. I assumed it would be some silly parody or something that poked fun of gay people and/or pirates. It turned out to be kind of a sweet, Irish folky tune about pirates in love.
I immediately made myself late for work by looking for more music from this young man, Cosmo Jarvis and found quite a bit – and a little interview on AfterElton. When AE asked Cosmo how he came about the idea to write about gay pirates, the 21-year old said:
“You know the stereotype of pirates — these gruff dudes who can take anything, they live on maggot-infested biscuits in the middle of the sea, they whip each other, they’re really tough guys.So if one in ten guys today is gay, then one in ten guys back then must have been gay, so I was just thinking there must have been gay pirates, although pirates were very tolerant toward homosexuals for the most part. But if you did end up on a boat in the middle of the ocean and you can’t run anywhere and everybody is totally against the idea of you having a partner on the boat, I felt that it was the worst thing that could happen to somebody who was gay.
I’m sure most people have had a chance to see the video by this point, but for those who haven’t, I hope this will make your day the way it made mine.