Straight teen discovers best friend is gay in new film from Coca-Cola

Scene from "El SMS (The Text)," directed by Dustin Lance Black

Scene from "El SMS (The Text)," directed by Dustin Lance Black

Scene from "El SMS (The Text)," directed by Dustin Lance Black

Scene from “El SMS (The Text),” directed by Dustin Lance Black

As part of Coca-Cola’s True Friendship campaign, the beverage giant teamed up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) to produce “El SMS (The Text),” a short film about two teen best friends.

From the film’s description:

The campaign, by Pereira & O’Dell, focuses on various different scenarios which question what makes a true friend (#VerdaderoAmigo). In this eight-minute film, a group of teen boys joke and tease each other in the usual high school way about girls, video games and such-like. Two of the boys are especially close buddies, but Rafael is hiding something from his friend Diego– he’s gay. When he leaves his phone unattended, Diego reads a text that surprises him. His decision to cover for his friend, and accept him for who he is, is what cements this true friendship. And, as Rafael points out, gay guys know all the pretty girls.

Black said in a statement: “‘The Text’ was perhaps the most personal for me to direct. As an artist, I feel I have a responsibility to share the stories of who LGBT people truly are in order to dispel any atmosphere of fear that might prevent LGBT people from sharing their lives openly.” He added, “For Coca-Cola to take a pro-diversity, pro-equality stance creates a lot of goodwill in the LGBT community.”

Watch below, and hit ‘CC’ to access English subtitles:

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