K-pop dominated the music scene in 2017 with boy band, BTS, becoming household names and chart-toppers on Billboard. However, one artist may be taking that spotlight with a new music video that showcases gay representation.
K-pop singer Holland made headlines on Sunday with the release of his music video for his debut single, “Neverland.” The video caught viewers’ attention with its same-sex love story, that finds Holland sharing a romantic beach day with his male lover and baring hs sexuality for the world to see.
Despite, being praised across the world and garnering over 1.6 million views on YouTube, the video has been met with controversy. According to HuffPost, Korea gave the video a 19-plus rating due to the kiss that is shared between the two lovers at the end of the clip.
Nevertheless, many have voiced their support on social media for the video, including editorial director for FuseTV and K-pop columnist for Billboard Jeff Benjamin. Benjamin looks at the video as being a strong body of work that can be encouraging for viewers.
“Congratulations on ‘Neverland,’ @HOLLAND_vvv. From the music to the MV, everything about this release is K-pop at its finest, it just happens to focus around a same-sex relationship. I hope this inspires others. You have my full support,” Benjamin shared on Twitter.
Holland is not the only LGBT Korean artist making a name for themself. HuffPost reports that singer MRSHLL came out as gay last year and singer, Harisu, identifies as transgender.
Watch the music video below.