Well, it’s an early Christmas miracle. Hell has frozen over and Kim Kardashian has purchased a bra, because I officially like Ariana Grande. There, I said it. If you think I’m a sell out and an idiot for now liking Ariana, you clearly haven’t seen the music video for her new song, “Thank U, Next”.
In the video, Ariana pays homage to some classic early 2000’s gems such as Mean Girls, Bring it On, 13 Going on 30, and Legally Blonde. She also cast Kris Jenner in the role she was born to play: Regina George’s “cool” mom. Needless to say, it was epic.
In case you haven’t watched the video yet, here it is:
Aside from being a fantastic video and Ariana completely nailing the looks, the song and video really put me on team Ariana because what she’s doing is basically being the anti-Taylor Swift. This is a song about being genuinely grateful for your exes and what your past relationships have taught you, and in the video, Ariana features all of the exes she sings about in her “Burn Book”, where she actually says pretty great stuff about them. She writes that Big Sean is so sweet and could still get it (can’t say I blame her), and that she’ll love Pete Davidson forever and that he’s HUUUUUUUGGGGEEE! (BDE, you feel me?)
The songs a bop, the message is positive, I kind of hope she gets back with Pete Davidson now, and, most importantly of all, Kris fucking Jenner is there! Being amazing! Like, 2018 has been a shit year, but some really genuinely amazing music videos have come out (which I’ll be writing about in my HecklerSpray advent!), so, all in all, the world is shit, but a good music video is pretty uplifting and can make your day, you know? (I grew up in the 90s, music videos mean a lot to me, ok?!)