“Insulto” (“Insult”) is Tajo Abierto’s third single and seeks to deliver a strong and empowering message to those who feel discriminated because of their sexual orientation or sexual identity. The video is released just after IDAHOT, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17th).
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“I was born / from insult / I was built / in the mouth of error”
“Insulto” talks about how society stigmatizes and constructs the identity of many through passive and active cultural violence, language and stereotypes. The song is a manifesto that just came to be in one sitting: it was a verbose, enraged catharsis where I began to explain and sing about the way people and institutions impose a one-dimensional standard of what we are supposed to be – who we are supposed to be. Â A standard that dictates what is valid and right and excludes and invalidates whatever doesn’t conform, even considering it disgusting, unacceptable or inferior. We are constantly being pressured to change, to be more; we are always reminded we’re not enough. This is an outrageous, unacceptable reality common everywhere in the world and it must stopÂ -Â We all deserve toÂ accept and love ourselves just as we are”.
– Francisca Valenzuela on “Insulto”
Â is a dramatic and powerful manifesto against discrimination and prejudice because of gender orientation or identity. It is a poetic outburst in which she empowers herself -and others- claimingÂ “I did not choose my skin or my cradle / so why the guilt / why do you get to impose who I am”,Â -through an escalating spiral of flutes, drums, trombones, piano, guitar and violin- “And I see them / see them lie / adapt and adjust reality to the fiction in their minds” (verses translated from original Spanish).
This raw, emotional and epic tone -yet an absolutely tangible and real feeling of despair, injustice and frustration- translates beautifully into the video.Â Â In it, Â we witness the story of two teenage girls living in Santiago, Chile, that come into conflict when one is rejected by the other for fear of being judged by her peers and community for her sexual orientation. The mockery, the teasing and the uncertainty of how she will be accepted – these things make one of the girls shun the other in public, whilst they have been already together as a couple. Combined with shots of Francisca singing and performing the song in urban locations of Santiago, the story’s outcome is positive: the two girls meet and talk; they overcome the issue of fear and acceptance and commit to being together openly, kissing and walking hand in hand through the streets of Santiago.
“Insulto” stands out among the songs ofÂ Tajo AbiertoÂ –Francisca’s latest album- for its explicit and open support of sexual diversity, LGBTÂ rights and an anti-discrimination stance. Â These issues, Francisca says, have inspired her role as an activist in Chile.Â In 2012 she became the first Latin American ambassador for theÂ Todo Mejora foundationÂ -officialÂ
The video, “Insulto” was directed by Pablo GonzÃ¡lez and produced by Frantastic and Smog.Â The video was filmed in Santiago, Chile and stars Javiera Orellana, PaulinaÂ Moreno and Lucas Balmaceda.