At some point as an impressionable youth, I saw a Making Of video about JLo’s homage to Flashdance, and it was horrendous. It was not an homage, it was a complete and total rip off. It was a copy & paste job; it was gross; it made me mad. Imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery when you kill the original spark through banality.
This video is not that, at all. This is an homage. An ode. A work dedicated to the greatness of the work that came before it. The song is a bit painfully hipster/house for me, but there is a tenderness here, to Paris is Burning, to drag, to queer lives. When the kid brushes the dirt off his shoulder at 2:20ish? It had me by the heart.
Alex Anwandter - Cómo puedes vivir contigo mismo? // How can you live with yourself?