Prince William and Kate Middleton announced plans to tackle cyber-bullying this week; now, a queen is joining the fight. RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kelly Mantle’s new music video for “Keyboard Courage” is an anthem for anyone who has been harassed or stalked online. “I’ve been called every name in the book,” she reveals. “One person tweeted ‘Kelly Mantle is so ugly. She looks like a burn victim going through chemo.’ Luckily, Kelly’s strong sense of humor allows her to brush off many of the personal attacks, but she wrote the song after meeting young fans being victimized online by kids in their schools. “Not everyone can laugh it off. It’s a scary thought that someone’s heartless, mindless words could drive another person to take their life.”
“My hope is that Keyboard Courage can be that song kids listen to and be reminded to not get discouraged by online bullies,” continues Kelly Mantle from her Hollywood home. Produced by Steven Phillips, who also produced Mantle’s last album Satellite Baby, “Keyboard Courage” is a high energy, 80’s inspired pop track. It’s fun but with a powerful message. The lyrics include actual negative comments that Kelly Mantle has received.
This is the first single from her upcoming EP, Duality. The single released just this morning, November 9th, and is available on iTunes now! Watch below.