The YouTube “React” series asks a group of elders to watch the heart-meltingly beautiful short film In a Heartbeat and offer up their opinions. When asked if a short film like this could have been made, or been well-received, when they were growing up, the answer is a resounding “no.”
“I’m sure there were little boys who felt like that, but it was just completely unacceptable.” said one woman.
“Something out of the norm so much wasn’t looked at positively…” replied one elderly man.
“It wouldn’t have been praised. It would have been more like ‘What’s wrong with you people? You’re perverts.'” said another.
“I don’t think we ever realized that relationships were going on like that. And if they were? They were pretty hidden.” explained one woman.
“Young people now accept so many things, that the olders could not open their minds to accept. Because of that it’s a new day now.” Amen, mister.
Incredibly moving and wonderful to see so much acceptance. (via Towlroad)
You can watch Elders react below. And watch the complete short film below THAT, and have your own reaction.