Ariana Grande creates a perfect White House in new music video

The pop idol soars to the top of the charts with “positions”


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Pop queen Ariana Grande blows fans away with new single “positions” and an accompanying music video that shows President Ari taking over Trump’s office. The track itself focuses on who listeners have already begun to suspect as Grande’s rumored boyfriend Dalton Gomez. In her first line, Grande sings, “Heaven sent you to me / I’m just hopin’ I don’t repeat history,” alluding to firstly Gomez and secondly her past relationship with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson and their messy breakup. 

The savvy lyrics coupled with the lowkey, poppy R&B track that yet again proves Grande doesn’t need extravagant instrumentals behind her voice gives this song the same catchy wave  that was seen in “break up with your girlfriend” and “thank u next.” However, the real artistic genius lies within her music video rather than the single itself. 

Opening up with a shot of the White House, Grande’s video takes viewers on a tour of a fictional world where she sits as commander in chief. From cabinet meetings to cooking to press conferences, Grande mimics a Jackie Kennedy-like persona while she quite literally switches positions in the White House, making sure to throw subtle jabs at the Trump administration. 

In the first scene, Grande holds what appears to be the most diverse cabinet meeting the United States has ever seen. Members of different races, genders and ages gather around a long oval table, passionately discussing what we can only assume to be the world’s most pressing issues. The scene flips like a pop-up storybook, only this time President Ari is in the kitchen cooking dinner, flour and pizza dough flying everywhere. The rest of the video follows this set up as Grande noticeably switches from role to role.

There are a few key scenes that stand out from the rest, the first one being Grande’s diverse cabinet. Similarly, Grande is almost always seen with a crew of White House officials, most of which include women of different ethnicities and body shapes, a clear jab to the White House for their whitewashed, male-dominated political staff. As the video comes to a close, Grande stars in a press conference where she gives away some type of medal to a mailwoman and her colleagues, throwing yet another punch to President Trump, specifically regarding his attack on the U.S. Postal System. 

The premise of the music video comes at no shock to those of us who pay even a fraction of attention to celebrities. It’s no secret that Grande obtains a strong distaste for President Trump and the current White House administration. From Instagram stories, tweets and videos, she remains vocal about various current political issues including race, gender, immigration and climate change, most of which are hinted at in the video. 

Grande’s single may likely take “thank u next”‘s comfy spot as her most iconic single and music video. While the track itself is merely satisfactory, mirroring the same musical formula used to create almost all of her other songs, the juxtaposition of the lyrics with a video that not only has relatively nothing to do with the song’s message but serves as a form of political advocacy as well, invokes a different type of bad b*tch energy than we’ve seen before. 

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