Meet The Guys Featured In Jennifer Hudson’s New Music Video

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Yesterday, Elle premiered Jennifer Hudson’s new music video for her single ‘I Still Love You’. And for the video, Hudson teamed up with Human Rights Campaign’s Turn It Up For Change: Love Has No Limit initiative and shot a video featuring a gay couple getting married.

In the music video, one of the two grooms’ father is apparently, estranged, and caught up in nostalgia for his son’s seemingly traditionally masculine childhood. It’s unclear whether or not he is going to show up for his son’s wedding, but in the end he makes it–just in time to see his son happily married by none other than The L Word’s own Leisha Hailey.

We sat down with actor and writer Brandon Crowder and self described “freelance It boy” Matty Pipes to talk about their experience filming the video with the beautiful and talented J Hudson.

“I was so excited to work with Jennifer Hudson because she has been a supporter, advocate, and ally of the queer community for a very long time.”

Brandon told us that working with Jennifer Hudson was an amazing experience, “I was so excited to work with Jennifer Hudson because she has been a supporter, advocate, and ally of the queer community for a very long time.” He revealed that as an artist, centering the narratives queer and other marginalized communities is at the core of work and the projects in which he involves himself.  “As an actor and an artist who is part of the queer community, it’s something that I have to be a part of in both my life and in my work,” he told us, “I think that as artists and particularly artists who have a platform as large as Jennifer’s, it is always very inspiring when someone chooses to use that platform to start conversations and promote dialogue about marginalized groups and equality. Particularly with music, it has such a huge ability to reach people.”  Crowder admired Hudson’s commitment to creating dialogue through her music, “I felt very honored and lucky to be a part of it, and I hope that it allows people the space to have conversations that may have been more difficult before watching the video,” he said.

“I feel like our generation gets to a point where we’re so into our iPhones and our social media that we forget that all the people before us fought. It’s important that we fight for what is important to us too, to build off of what the generation before us fought for.”

Matty echoed Brandon’s admiration for Hudson’s allyship, “I got involved with this because someone sent me an e-mail and asked me if I was interested.” Matty continued, “At first I was reluctant to do the scene because whenever anyone wants a gay scene they usually just want you to make out, and I hate that. But a lot of things happened that pushed me to get involved. At the time I was being asked to get involved, people were denying gay people service in restaurants in Indiana–where I am from originally–and the Supreme Court was gearing up to hear arguments about gay marriage. I trusted Jennifer Hudson because she has been a long time supporter of marriage equality, and I trusted everyone involved with the Turn It Up For Change campaign, so eventually… I agreed.” He added, “It was really great to be a part of this movement, I feel like our generation gets to a point where we’re so into our iPhones and our social media that we forget that all the people before us fought. It’s important that we fight for what is important to us too, to build off of what the generation before us fought for.” 

“I think that artists who act as allies are performing a very important service for the community for whom they’re acting as an ally.”

Both Matty and Brandon told us that they were thankful for Hudson’s efforts to support marriage equality for LGBTQ individuals. “I think that artists who act as allies are performing a very important service for the community for whom they’re acting as an ally.” Brandon said,  “Often times people who are marginalized, don’t always have a platform from which they are able to speak or be heard. I think that anyone who takes it upon oneself to seize an opportunity to promote conversation and to attempt to change people’s hearts and minds is someone in my eyes who is acting on an intention to bring us together and to embrace a larger community, regardless of what they look like or who they love. ”

Brandon Crowder is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. He is currently working on a short film that explores the life and experiences of a gay man who comes out late in life. Check it out here

Matty Pipes is is a blogger, performer and social media advisor. Say Hi to him on Instagram, here

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