Did anyone else notice this kind of racist moment in the ‘thank u, next’ video…?
‘I know you didn’t think a white girl made that shit up!’
by Amanda Ross
Ariana Grande's new video for "thank u, next", released just a few days ago, was filled with blink-and-you-miss-it references and callbacks to both iconic teen films of the early aughts and Ari's own relationship drama. And that's why I can't really blame people for not noticing this kinda sorta definitely racist moment halfway through the video. We were so distracted by Kris Jenner, BDE, and the free pass we all seem to give Ariana to do whatever she wants that we missed something that's not only pretty bad but is also the antithesis of the movie it references.
I trust you've seen the movie Bring It On. If you've never seen it, you have my permission to click into a new tab and watch it as long as you promise to come back. All good? Cool. So the entire point of the movie revolves around the East Compton Clovers being a better team than the Torros. They're so good, in fact, that the Torros steal their routines and are eventually defeated in the movie's final competition scene. So tell me why in the "thank u, next" video, the almost all-white Torros are doing backflips, basket tosses (that's a move, right?) and moves so complicated they had to CGI them in:
Meanwhile, when the camera flashes to the Clovers, they're given about 3 seconds of screentime…and all they do is twerk on all fours:
The other movies referenced in the music video (Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30, Legally Blonde) had pretty much zero diversity in their original form. Bring It On was the only one without an all-white main cast and it managed to avoid a white savior complex, too — remember when Isis ripped up Torrence's check? Ariana didn't even necessarily have to retroactively add in women of color but taking a major part of a major film and reduce it to a few seconds of gyrating felt a little weird to me.
Watch the whole thing for yourself and let me know what you think: