Sometimes you get a music video with a guest star or two, but Charli XCX’s vid for Boys is all guest stars all the time. There’s is a point to all these guys, which is to partially sexualise them in the way women so often are in music videos, and to do something that can’t be subverted by straight male eyes.
Charli XCX told Junkee, ‘The whole idea behind my video was to avert the male gaze. All the guys are in this video because they have a sense of humour and because they understood the concept. I told them about the whole idea of averting male gaze and they were all really into it and reacted really positively to it.
She adds, “But I just have to be clear, it’s not me digging at any of these particular people. I don’t feel like anyone in the video has done any wrong. But yes, you can read into that deep or as little as you want.”
So who’s featured being a bit romantic and sexy: Well, there’s Aminé, AG Cook, Barns Courtney, Brendon Urie, Buddy, Cameron Dallas, Carl Barât (The Libertines), Charlie Puth, Chromeo, Cobra Snake, Connor Franta, Dan Smith (Bastille), Denzel Curry, Di Casp (YouTuber), Diplo, DRAM, Fai Khadra, Flume, Frank Carter, Fred Macpherson (Spector), G Eazy, Jack Antonoff, Jack Guinness, Jay Park, Jay Prince, Joe Jonas, Joey Bada$$, Kaytranada, Khalid, Laurie Vincent (Slaves), Liam Fray (The Courteeners), Mac DeMarco, Mark Ronson, Max Hershenow (MS MR), Mic Lowry, MNEK, Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). ONE OK ROCK, Poet, Portugal. The Man, Prince & Jacob, Riz Ahmed & The Swet Shop Boys, Rostam Batmanglij, Sage The Gemini, Shamari Maurice, Shaun Ross, Shokichi, Stormzy, The Fat Jew, The Vamps (Tristan & James), THEY, Theo Hutchcraft (The Hurts), Tinie Tempah, Tom Daley, Tom Grennan, Tommy Cash, Ty Dolla $ign, Vance Joy, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), will.i.am, Wiz Khalifa, Wstrn.
Take a look at Boys below.