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Out Artist John Duff Releases Straight-Baiting Single and Video

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Out musician John Duff turns the tables on gay baiting music artists like Harry Styles, Charlie Puth, and Nick Jonas in «Somebody's Daughter», his crooning ballad about unreachable and fleeting sexual connections.

«Honestly, every artist today is gay baiting and LGBTQ+ media eats it up», he says. «Maluma took off his shirt; give it a grid post! As though every freaking gay isn’t posting shirtless pictures every day. It’s exhausting. That’s why I’m going against the grain in my new song and video – I’m straight baiting. Maybe, now, I can be fetishised too».

«You see, when you start out gay in the industry, you’re reduced to being a niche artist or comedy act», John Duff asserts from his Los Angeles home. «I have been told over and over that the themes of my music aren’t ‘for everyone,’ so I wrote a super misogynistic song that now ‘everyone’ can enjoy».

«Somebody’s Daughter» produced by John Duff, Alex Delicata, Eren Canatta, and Luke Moellman, is about a phenomena that many young people, gay and straight, encounter nowadays. They crave love but spend all of their time and energy on one-night stands rather than long-term relationships.

Shawn Adeli (who also directed John Duff’s «High Heels» video) directed the video, which reflects on the song’s topic. It focuses on a couple who are plainly not compatible, but it takes the story a step further by delving into the underground world of adult porn and social media platforms such as OnlyFans, where users pay influencers for access to unique, often scandalous, content.

Duff was inspired to take this approach for the video after another gay music artist questioned the acceptability of his work. «I felt judged for my overt sexuality». He stated that ‘audiences desire a spiritual connection, not sex’. «That’s code for no one wants to see you naked» I explained. «My spirit is wild, fun, and free and as a performer, I am shameless», John Duff continues.  «As far as I’m concerned, shamelessness in your body and sexuality is a step toward enlightenment. Not away».

He views porn as an art form – «Sex is theatre and bodies are sculptures» – and champions freedom of sexuality. It’s why he has decided to bust out of the closet as not-not straight. «Like how Diplo is not-not gay», he explains. «I can’t confirm or deny, I’m just saying I’m not-not and seeing how that goes over when I spin it the other way».

As far as the kissing scene with actress Nellie Salisbury, his co-star in the video, John Duff insists it wasn’t his first experience with a female. «To paraphrase Diplo, I’m pretty sure I hookup with women all the time».

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