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What's With All The Gay Cracks In 'What Does The Fox Say' Band's Ode To Massachusetts?


What the heck is going on with all the weird gay cracks in the Norwegian band Ylvis’s new goofball anthem singing the praises of that “paradise on earth” Massachusetts? [WARNING: The video above includes some explicitly sexual lyrics.]

The just released ditty “Massachusetts” is the follow up to brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker’s adorably weird song “What Does the Fox Say?,” which has attracted 150 million eyeballs on YouTube since its release last year.

“Forget New York and California / There’s a better place … Our favorite place on earth! Massachusetts!” the new song begins. Ylvis, who originally attracted notice at home as a comedy duo, shout out to the Boston Public Library, Attleboro, Haverhill, Suffolk County and Pingryville. “I can’t believe this place is real!”

“It’s about a place we go to in order to charge the batteries during the off season,” Bård Ylvisåker claimed in a recent interview (Google translated here). “A place where we can truly be ourselves and just totally relax. It could really be hectic at home at times.”

The song’s upbeat satire of Massachusetts and its “famous Massachusetts Bay” is wacky fun. But then the video detours to shots of two guys in a pickup: “Just two friends hanging out together / But never crossing the line / It’s a thin, thin line! / Oh, we’re nothing more than friends / Just good friends!”

Then “Just because your kissin’ a man doesn’t make you gay / Confused! … Who hasn’t ever seen a hunk on a bus and thought / “Mmm, I wanna sit on your lap” / Massachusetts!”

The punchline is that everyone in Massachusetts is gay and closeted. I guess. Which rings dumb and out of touch here in a state that has pioneered gay rights, including being the first in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage nearly a decade ago now. Oh, Ylvis.


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  • edmargerum

    I’ve lived here for 50 years and never noticed that everyone was gay. Maybe that’s true, including me. I’ll never know because even if I am, it’s none of my business.

    • Brooke Michelle

      Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • EndlessRepetition

      The Chinese philosopher Confucius would have kissed you.

    • edmargerum

      Our beards would get tangled.

  • Pete S. Sake

    Well, that explains Southie.

  • Mary Briggs

    yes it does “rings dumb and out of touch here in a state that has pioneered gay rights, including being the first in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage nearly a decade ago now…”

  • Full_Name

    Scandinavia is VERY liberal, and it is quite normal to have gay-themed joke that in no way is meant to offend gay people. If anything, these guys are probably in their odd way praising Massachusetts for being liberal.

  • salveradix

    Remember: There was a studio bit (in norwegian) both before and after the video was originally aired on their talkshow. Quite clarifying, though tongue-in-cheek. Short story: The gay references are THEIR OWN sexual identity crisis, MA being sort of a random backdrop – a gay sanctuary where they can act out their true nature away from their wives and kids. The over-the-top praise is about masking the true reason for their frequent MA visits. Watch the vid again (and Ylvis’ own quotes in this article), and it all makes good sense.