Diesel, Make Love, Not Walls


This short film by David LaChapelle with the tune “Higher Love” (Alex Vargas) features shirtless and tattooed Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin tossing flowers over a border wall. On the other side, a few people throw them back over, then begin climbing and then breaking through the wall. The cartoon-like hole in the wall is in the shape of a heart. Two men have a mock wedding within the music-video-like movie, and there is a rainbow colored, life-sized, inflatable tank at the end.

The tagline plays on the old counterculture slogan “Make Love, Not War.”

Along with Polunin, performers include trans models Laith de la Cruz and Octavia Hamlett, androgynous queer artist Karis Wilde, and makeup artist/drag star Raja.

Diesel Artistic Director Nicola Formichetti says to Gay Star News, "Diesel takes on the Wall, a symbol of separation by definition, breaking it down to create strong storytelling throughout the imagery developed around it: walls are built and the Diesel love tank breaks it with a heart shape turning a symbol of separation into a happy place full of flowers of celebration of freedom and love. At Diesel, we have a strong position against hate and more than ever we want the world to know that. Love and togetherness is crucial in creating a society we all want to live in, and the future we all deserve."

Formichetti, who is Italian-Japanese, is also a frequent collaborator with Lady Gaga as her stylist and fashion director.

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