All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter is a trans prostitute walking the streets by night, and a wealthy family man by day in the problematic-but-mesmerizing new music video mashup of their new songs “Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes.”
“The film is a story about this functioning identity crisis and expectations on how we’re supposed to be in a public place,” Ritter said of the clip, directed by Jamie Thraves, who’s shot videos for Radiohead, Blur, Coldplay and Sam Smith.
But is it OK in 2017 to suggest that trans sex workers are merely slumming it for kicks? Is it the exploitation of a marginalized section of society for the sake of ART? Somehow I doubt many of the women of the stroll go home to multi-million dollar houses. It all feels like a weird cis/het/Republican fantasy of sex workers, like Ronald Reagan’s story about the woman who buys steak with foodstamps then drives home in her Cadillac. It’s doing a disservice to the actual women whose stories SHOULD be told.
Watch below and let me know what you think.