Tatia Pilieva’s “First Kiss” has most recently become social media’s newest “talk of the town”. It made its debut on the user-generated site ‘YouTube’ and is a short film that involves 20 strangers that have just met, being asked to kiss each other.
The reception to the video has been overwhelmingly positive with comments strewn all over the videos comment section. Some of the positive comments include “That was incredibly sweet”, “Super!!!” and “I really really really really enjoyed that”. Even the reception from the people shown in the video after their steamy making out session was surprisingly positive. Why is it though, that we are so intrigued by a group of strangers kissing for the first time? Have we never seen people kiss before? Is it due to the excitement that comes with an unlikely scenario of people that have just met, sharing such a private and intimate moment or are we all just incredibly unhappy with our own private lives that we need to watch other people sharing a moment that we so desperately desire for ourselves?
As much as these are all valid reasons for why we are so fascinated about a film that fogs up even the thickest glasses, there is one reason that is buried beneath the obvious which may answer the puzzling question. We may however, be a little hesitant to admit it.
Pilieva’s encoded message of “how quickly humans can form deep connections” was magnificently portrayed. But the decoded and darker message that stands out to me in this text is “as a society, we lack connection to people that are different to us”. This then cultivates into socially hateful acts such as racism, homophobia and religious tension.
Pilieva probably knows how this message is quite uncomfortable for most people to approach, so she addresses this problem in society in a way that makes us see a positive and beautiful message, opposed to a harsh and negative one.
Pilieva used people from many societal groups. This includes white, dark, old, young, gay and straight people. The coming together off all these contrasting societal groups in such an intimate way shows us how opening ourselves up will lead to acceptance.
There are parodies that have carried the exact same political message that “First Kiss” puts forward but in a more obvious way. The parody video “First Gay Hug” also sends the message of “there is nothing to be afraid of, we are all the same and acceptance is the key to harmony”.
In a recent news article, Pilieva stated, “We have witnessed a beautiful side to people”. This is very true, she has shown us how beautiful the human race can be after we master acceptance. Now what we need to do collectively as a society is question why are we all so fascinated with “First Kiss”. What made it worthy of a ‘re-tweet’ to my 5000 followers? Not just because we are all united by our desire for love and connection, but also because it has answered the question that most of us are all too ashamed to say; “Why are we so scared of each other?”