May 20, 2024

In case your social media is attuned to homosexual stuff, pop queens, or Coachella, you’ve in all probability heard Chappell Roan. The budding pop artist has been making waves on platforms like TikTok with songs like “Informal” and her newest single, “Good Luck, Babe!” Her Coachella efficiency has additionally been popping off, particularly a clip of her singing the latter music and showcasing her spectacular vocal vary. The mic was on, buddies. However why are we speaking about Ms. Roan at Kotaku, a online game web site? As a result of Stardew Valley followers have latched onto her newest hit as an anthem for Haley, one of many ladies the participant can courtroom within the farming sim.

Haley is a photographer in Stardew Valley’s titular village, and when the participant first meets her, she’s a bit chilly to them. As a result of some individuals just like the enemies-to-lovers arc, you may see the attraction in breaking down her partitions, discovering the weak middle, and dwelling fortunately ever after at your farm. However the angst within the relationship provides gamers loads of room to mission and fill within the gaps. For queer gamers, this type of push and pull naturally invitations sure readings, akin to somebody battling who they’re and taking it out on somebody they could have emotions for. This, on prime of Haley’s theorized relationship with Alex, one in every of Stardew Valley’s doable bachelors, provides extra to the studying that her anger comes from a spot of her struggling together with her identification, and doable attraction to a feminine participant. All of that’s, in fact, open to interpretation and can fluctuate relying on a selected playthrough. However that studying of the character makes it an ideal match for Roan’s “Good Luck, Babe!”

In the event you haven’t heard the music, right here’s the official lyric video. However the skinny of it’s the banger has Roan recount a relationship with a lady who appears to be hesitant about making it official as a result of she’s uncertain of herself, and is taking the better path of obligatory heterosexuality. She’s keen to marry a person if it means dwelling with out the scrutiny of being in a sapphic relationship. The bridge fairly properly sums up the themes of the music:

“Whenever you get up subsequent to him in the course of the night time

Together with your head in your fingers, you’re nothing greater than his spouse

And when you consider me, all of these years in the past

You’re standing nose to nose with ‘I informed you so’”

The music’s virality and the Stardew fandom’s uncanny means to make memes about small moments within the sport have resulted in a number of edits and artwork utilizing the music to explain Haley’s relationship with a feminine foremost character.

As a homosexual man, my solely romantic pursuits after I performed Stardew Valley had been towards Shane, so I used to be not tuned into Haley’s story again then. However who amongst us hasn’t handled a doable associate battling comphet, and are nonetheless ready for the day they hit us up years later like, “yeah, you had been proper”? So this development checks off all my containers: it’s homosexual, it makes use of a banger music by a pop goddess who I really feel goes to be big by the top of the yr, and it’s somewhat angsty. Thanks, Stardew followers, for figuring out this and ensuring it might overlap with my algorithm sufficient that I’d see it. It’s been a stunning break from all of the Jojo Siwa bullshit displaying up on my feed today.

Anyway, sing us out, Ms. Roan.

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