In an exclusive interview with SBS PopAsia, openly gay K-pop idol Holland talked to Sam Hammington about the success of his first single and music video, "Neverland".
When asked about the response he had received for the song, especially comments that the concept was 'fresh', he said:
"My music video was fresh? People thought it was fresh even though it's a typical love story between two people. I believe that people like me should come out more. It's not fresh at all actually... it's difficult to explain, but it's not meant to be fresh. I wish people like me could naturally be accepted by the majority"
Sam also asked Holland about the R rating his music video received, effectively making it banned from regular broadcast on Korean tv. Holland said:
"I actually knew it would be R-rated before I even shot the music video. So I’d like to ask you all to think about this issue again. Initially there was no kissing scene at all in the video. Then the director told me that it would be R-rated if we inserted a kiss scene. So I decided to go ahead with it.
I wanted to know how others would react to that. What I wanted was for people to actually talk about this issue more openly. I don’t personally understand the decision about the rating. But if we can now talk about this issue in public and more freely, I’m sure the situation will change in the future."
You can watch our full interview with Holland below.
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