Pop Singer Annie Releases Pro-Gay/Anti-Putin ’Russian Kiss’ Video
Norwegian pop singer Anne Lilia Berge Strand, better know as simply Annie, released a new music video/protest song, called "Russian Kiss" Friday after teasing the song earlier this week, PopJustice reports.
In the video, a number of same-sex couples lock lips while Annie sings pro-gay lyrics in a monotone over hypnotic indie-pop beats.
"Shake a fist for the Russian kiss," goes the track’s chorus. "Don’t give up / maybe then they can understand / it is right that you fight for your love demands," Annie sings.
"Show your love for the lovers, the others, the fighters, outsiders / people like you," she sings as same-sex couples make out.
The video features Bjarne Melgaard, an acclaimed and controversial Norwegian New York-based artist and was directed by Richard Kern, who also kisses a man in the video. The track’s artwork and the song itself, appear to be inspired by Chicago-House producer Lil Louis’ 1989 jam "French Kiss." PopJustice notes "Russian Kiss" was produced by longtime Annie collaborator, Richard X.
The clip instructs viewers to visit www.russiankiss.org, which explains more about Annie’s new video.
"The Winter Olympics are not just skating styles, waxing techniques and jump lengths. The Winter Olympics are also deep emotions: interpersonal, national, and global. Millions of TV-viewers are witness to these emotions," the website reads. "Usually, they find their expression in embraces and kisses. You can observe this at the finishing area and during the medal ceremony - teammates embracing each other, winners kissing their partners.