Selena Gomez had released her pop album Revival last year that had people both shocked and proud. She tried to step out of her comfort zone, and shots were fired as in each song, she made a hit at her haters.
Now she’s back with the stunning visuals for her single off the album “Kill ‘Em With Kindness;” and let me tell you, does she ever. She doesn’t play games anymore as this innocent, Disney-teen star tries to make a statement to the press and to the general viewers that she is not Justin Bieber’s girl and she is not a child anymore. From Barney to Wizards of Waverly Place to Spring Breakers…This girl has started from the bottom, now she’s here.
The music video itself is beautiful, yet beautifully damned, as she poses in seductive and erotic ways for the camera, but you can sense the anger, distaste, and resentment in her eyes and smirks. It’s an extremely simple video with not much going on, but somehow that lack of action and dynamics are just the right measurement of sass that she needs to really punch the message through. She goes on to sugarcoat the video with random dancers, flowers and beautiful outfits as if to say, “shut the f**k up!…Please?” *Cue fake mean girl laugh.*
She’s just not having it.
The star recently did an interview with GQ, “The Emancipation of Selena Gomez,” that really got down to the heart of her tantrums. (It’s interesting too, to note that both Gomez and Bieber had very provocative, deep cover stories on themselves recently reported. Hmmm.) In the interview, Gomez seemed to still play off the angered 23-year old that she is trying to break free from her childhood chains and her babyface traits. She wants to adult!
Zach Baron, a GQ writer, wrote that “for years, [Gomez] says, the gist of every interview she did would be about subjects other than, well, herself.”
Gomez admits to Baron that “my past seems to be way more fascinating for people than my future, which bums me out.”
Baron asks “why do you think that is?”
To which Gomez replies with snarky tone, “I don’t know. Why do you care?”
Baron then asks “that transition from being a relatively well-known teen star to being an adult—why is that so hard? What is the demon or darkness that’s waiting for you guys?”
At that moment, Baron said he saw the pure anger in her flame. And then she answered, “we’re easy targets. Every single kid who was brought up like this is an easy target. It’s disgusting, because it’s interesting to grown adults that these kids go through weird things because they’re figuring out…Because it’s, I don’t know, fun, maybe? It’s like watching a car crash as you’re driving past it. [You] want to watch it.”
He then proceeds to follow up with “would you hit the fast-forward button on this phase of life, if you could?”
With wit, assertiveness, and integrity, Gomez replies, “no, because I’m not that stupid. And I get it. I just have to be patient. It’s slowly dissolving the older I get. And I just have to be patient and make great things with quality, from producing to singing to acting. And one by one, I will be able to change the dialogue and people won’t care about everything that’s happened to me.”
Teasing the listeners with her eye candy: hair flips, pouts, silly faces, sly looks, butterfly lashes, the enticing black and white video draws the attention. The music itself produces the reaction of a bit of fear in the woman who is scolding the world passive-aggressively through direct looks at the camera, dark and light masking and exposing lighting, and cynical lyrics that go “The world can be a nasty place / You know it, I know it, yeah… Kill ‘em with kindness, go ahead, go ahead now…”
Gomez mean business now. She doesn’t want to look to the past, nor does she want to be labeled or defined. AND she is not going to let anyone say anything bad without her having a word on it.
Let us know what you think of the music video!