2016 has been a year of taboos—erasing them, that is. Whether it’s celebrities opening up about mental health, the White House speaking up about suicide or young people developing new ways to put an end to bullying, 2016 has been a progressive year.
A common theme is using music videos to get the conversation started about things that people have historically shied away from. The guys of GENTRI have done just that. Their tender but powerful harmonies sing the song “Barricades” while the video displays a powerful message about bullying.
But it’s so much more than that.
“Loneliness. Self-doubt. Anxiety. Fear. These are just a few of the emotional building blocks we use to build barricades that separate us from the very people who long to help us heal,” the band says of their newest single. “As we retreat, others can use the wrecking balls of patience, kindness and love to break through our barriers of isolation.”
The video has clips of a young girl who struggles with her weight, a teen boy who is the target of viscous peers and a couple who has lost all patience with each other. Each person’s story of suffering—being bullied, harassed or victimized by something or someone—builds throughout the video. It leads to a giant wall, or barricade, that people have scribed their battle on.
Then, the most beautiful thing happens!
The wall is destroyed, and barriers are broken! You have to see this beautiful encouragement for people to seek help, and never be ashamed of what they struggle with.
GENTRI’s new song and video creates space for conversation about taboo issues that hold unnecessary stigmas.