The ‘All American Boy’ singer doesn’t like to be objectified — anymore
Singer Steve Grand took to social media recently to chastise the gay blog Queerty and queer media in general for publishing shirtless photos of him.
"It is sites like YOURS that create the impression that I am always shoving sex in people’s faces. When, in fact, it’s a small fraction of the time,” the would-be star wrote in the clearest bit of self-examination involved. "I have enough to work against. It sucks that gay media makes it all the more difficult.”
"Shame on u," the songbird continued. "You are as trashy as the worse [sic] tabloids but u are even WORSE than them because you go after people without power or money (myself)," he continued. "I should be able to post a shirtless pic here and there (1% of my Instagram) without it being the ONLY way you represent me. All publicity is NOT good publicity."
To be clear, Grand is no stranger to the phrase "sex sells." In the video for his 2013 debut song, “All-American Boy,” the suddenly prudish former underwear model has his shirt open within the first 10 seconds. Within three and a half minutes he’s naked and skinny dipping with a love interest portrayed by a gay porn star. Grand launched his musical career based on his shirtless chest and gay men nationwide ate it up; it’s still his most popular tune - and the only memorable part is Grand's body.
In fact, Grand launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an album based on the success of that single. His abs and bare ass helped him raise over a quarter of a million dollars to record one album. Complaining now about being objectified after using his sex appeal to raise a staggering amount of money is not only ludicrous, it's insulting to those who gave him money.
Back when the "ice bucket challenge" was a thing in 2014, Grand made sure to participate - completely naked.
The album, "All American Boy," was released a few months later in March 2015 and sold 10,000 copies its first week. In the video for his second single from the album, "Stay," it takes Grand a minute and a half before he's frolicking shirtless on the beach. With the record already paid for - with plenty left over - those sales were pure profit. Apparently Grand has no problem with being shirtless - as long as it's making him money.
Grand's Instagram account comes complete with photos of him shirtless or clad in skimpy box-enhancing swimwear. Shortly before his rant about his public skintastic photos being reused in stories about him, he did an interview with an underwear blog about his choice of tiny briefs. When asked how he felt about the media attention his clothing choice garnered, he replied. "It’s all in good fun and I don’t take it too seriously.
"I don’t ask anyone to post those kinds of things but it does create the possibility that someone, who was unaware of me before, ends up becoming a fan, buys music, and attends a live performance, which is how I make money to eat and pay my bills," he continued. "So I have to be happy for that reason."
"You would tank a struggling artist’s career if it would get u a couple page clicks," Grand wrote in his online screed against Queerty. Suddenly the artist who built his career off his body - and admits it doesn't bother him because he uses his looks to make money - is castigating a media outlet for doing their job? How does he think the site's owners and reporters make money? They need clicks - just like Grand needed on that first YouTube video that made him over $325,000.