When have you ever heard someone say “thank you” to their ex? Yeah, nah, me either. However, Ariana Grande just set a new trend of appreciation towards ex’s that can not only be kicked to the curb for the “next” true love but appreciate every lesson they were able to teach you through heartbreak.
Usually, after a break up you’d never hear someone speak on their ex in a positive light; someone is always quick to say their ex is this or that. But Grande’s new single “Thank U, Next” proves that sometimes you have to acknowledge the pain of heartbreak, but focus on how each experience makes you stronger to signify that each ex is not a loss, but a blessing for the lesson taught. This is an important lesson for this generation to realize that the most important relationship is the one within because that “one[s] gone last.”
Not only did she signify this lesson throughout her song, but she appeared in an INCREDIBLE music video paying tribute, with playful spoofs, to some of the most iconic chick flicks from the early 2000s like Mean Girls, Bring it On, 13 Going on 30, and Legally Blonde. It’s such a cute way to poke fun at her mistakes, ex’s, and moving on. In the music video, she incorporates some original cast members from the different films, as well as some of her old cast mates from Victorious. You can even spot Kris Jenner reviving one her famous memes that ties in with one of the movies.
Let me just say this was an ICONIC song that deserved nothing less than an iconic video. From the burn book that features pictures of her and her ex’s to the Bend and Snap lesson in the nail salon, Ariana snapped and if she doesn’t win for Best Music Video Award at an award show next year there is going to be a huge issue.
What do you think of the video?
By Kori A Barnes. University of Nevada, Las Vegas