If you’ve been to a gay dance clubs recently, you have probably rocked out to one or two hits by New York dancefloor divas XELLE fronted by JC Cassis and Rony G. XELLE has always promoted a strong message of self-acceptance, empowerment and kindness to others with their hits like Party Girl, Queen and Invincible, but with their latest hit Red Flag they really kick it up a notch. In it they serve up their candid opinion on what is going on in Russia right now along with the clear message that equality for everyone is a human right.
Not only is the title a not so subtle hint to the red flag of the now dissolved Russian Soviet Union (today the flag of Russia is Red, white and blue), but also a warning and a call to literally raise a red flag on what is going on in Russia right now. The duo is seen dressed in mourning black and their staple sexy diva get-up, but throughout the video their attire is mainly a uniform – and to underline the fact that it seems like ‘history is repeating itself’ in Russia they even sport a Hitler-esque mustache.
“When they take away what makes a human, it’s a red flag” the duo sings as the video is interspersed by images from WWII of men wearing the pink triangle to mark their homosexuality and current video footage of violent abuse of LGBT people in Russia happening right now. The video also has a series of powerful quotes displayed in red like Warhol’s “They always say time changes things but actually you have to change them yourself,” Harvey Milk’s “Hope will never be silent”and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Pretty strong and powerful stuff served up by the pop/dance duo!
The song is also a call to join the I Raise A Red Flag movement for worldwide LGBT equality at iRaiseARedFlag.com where you can get involved and raise your own red flag by using social media to show how you feel and show your support: Either post a video or post to Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook etc. using the hashtag #IRaiseARedFlag – for more info go to iRaiseARedFlag.com.
Because just like XELLE so adequately puts it: “Got to stand up for my brothers and my sisters!”