Singer-songwriter Eli Lieb says his new
video for the single Young Love contrasts with Steve Grand's
All-American Boy in that it is a celebration of young gay
All-American Boy, which received
mainstream attention, tells a well-worn story of unrequited love,
except the pairing in this video are two men. Grand's character
falls hard for another young man. Despite sharing a kiss in a lake,
the other man says he's just looking for friendship.
Grand “blown away” by response to All-American Boy.)
Young Love, on the other hand,
doesn't question sexuality. Its main character's advances are not
rejected. Instead, it offers a bold look at two young men in love.
“When I was young in love when you
were everything; we'd stay up and drink through the night; laying on
the roof I put my hand on you; you said our love will never die,”
Lieb sings over images of himself and another equally handsome man
holding hands and sharing a kiss. (The video is embedded on this
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In one scene, fireworks burst in the
background as two young women kiss.
In an interview with gay
glossy Out, Lieb contrasted his video with Grand's.
“Some people can relate to Steve
Grand's video, because they are still closeted as is the lead
character in the video, but for me, I wanna show the freedom of being
who I am. I didn't set out to make a righteous statement with this
video,” Lieb said. “It just so happens that one of my many
characteristics is that I am gay. When it came time to shoot a video
to this love song, I, of course, had to stay true to who I am in
order to tell that story: I didn't flinch for a second.”