(December 13th, 2016) – Pop singer/songwriter and Youtube artist Ben J. Pierce, better known under his performance name Benny, released his new single + music video “Boys Will Be Boys” a few days ago. In it, the 17 year-old musician takes the time to articulate the toxic, harmful effects of the societal perpetuation of “traditional” roles of heteronormative conceptions surrounding masculinity on young males- all the while not only demonstrating a level of hyper-awareness of these social issues, but also delivering it straight to our ears through a subversively infectious pop ballad.
“It was sort of an accident,” Benny elaborates [on the song] in a recent YouNow Stream, “I was sitting at the piano one night and wrote the ’cause if boys will be boys’ part, and I was like, I really need to do this.”
For Benny, the song personally dictates suffering at the hands of the would-be (and should-be) archaic look and features of “traditional” masculinity, but he also emphasizes that “Boys Will Be Boys” does have the capacity to mean something different for every person.
The release of “Boys Will Be Boys” was further accompanied by an impactful music video, which was shot and edited by fellow Youtuber and Cinematographer Chase VS Everything, and featured iconic young actor Kalama Epstein of The Fosters.
“It’s kind of about taking that phrase ‘boys will be boys’ and turning it on its head,” Pierce further explains. “I’m really happy with how it turned out.”
Benny (Formally Ben J. Pierce) is a visual and audial artist. He is a 17 year-old socially-aware dancer, singer, actor, and a creator.