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gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

I saw Gorillaz' "Tranz" video not long ago and just assumed that it was about 2-D (the singer) being transgender. The ending made a lot of sense to me relating to body dysphoria. youtube.com/watch?v=E2Q52cVx7B

I also haven't watched any Gorillaz videos in a long time. I assumed the right-side character was 2-D in femme mode. But apparently it's Noodle?

Reddit seems mad at the idea this could be about being transgender, insists it means "trance"...

gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

@cwebber
Fuck Reddit

gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

@cwebber For whatever it's worth as a Gen X kid, Blur's "Girls & Boys" was the song that got everyone talking & thinking about trans identities and queerness. That song was always played at queer/LGBTQIA+ friendly indie pop / indie rock nights—and it would lead to a brief queer insurrection on the dance floor when it was played at other types of places.

gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

@cwebber So even if "Tranz"'s "effigy of me" lyrics are about contemplating the zombie body in relationship to the predeceased body, that already sounds like a type of body dysphoria… and those rainbow guitar strings? It's making me think of the zombie metaphor in a whole new way.

It's as trans as you read it.

gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

@foureyedsoul the guitar strings glow rainbow, *and* the guitar glows blue + pink

gorillaz "Tranz", gender and body dysphoria 

@cwebber Yes! And both of those are as intentional as the Black Power fist on Russel's t-shirt. If it was just "reflecting the lights," the guitar & bass would glow the same colors.

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