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Behind Perfume Genius’ Subversive ‘Queen’ Video: Exclusive Photos

Mike Hadreas provides commentary on everything from smashed computers to a one-legged Elvis

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Megan Mantia

In the SSION-directed video for his new song "Queen," Perfume Genius' Mike Hadreas takes batting practice in a computer lab, meets a one-legged Elvis impersonator in a men's room and treats a boardroom table like a fashion runway. These scenes cast Hadreas and his co-star "as a kind of alternative universe Forrest Gump and Jenny, except with fluid genders and ever shifting identities," according to his reps. Hadrea says the clip is a way to take on the "gay panic" he sometimes sees in the "faces of blank fear" he passes on the street: "If these fucking people want to give me some power — if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles — well, here she comes."

As much action as there was in front of the camera, there was nearly as much behind it, and after production wrapped, Hadreas captioned a few choice photos documenting the shoot: "The was the first scene we shot. Fans were blasting on me, which caused tears to well up in my eyes. I went with it."

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