Ariana Grande Attacks Her Nickelodeon Creators in "Right There" Music Video
If you don't know who Ariana Grande is, congratulations! You neither watch nor have anyone young enough in your life who watches Nickelodeon (Or, alternatively, sorry! You neither get high nor have anyone high enough in your life who watches Nickelodeon). But you should get accustomed to her name since she's basically a mini-Mariah with enough scattered spunkiness to stick around for a while. Anyway, her newest music video came out recently and instead of the silly glitz and glam characteristics of her life, a startling message was revealed. In Ariana Grande's "Right There" ft. Big Sean, she shares secrets of what life inside of the Nickelodeon Star Making Complex is like, and warns of the large-scale social implications of what happens within it.
Ariana structures her video around three characters -- Juliet, Romeo, and the Priest from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (in case you didn't get the reference). She plays Juliet, an unidentified Caucasian-Ken doll plays Romeo, and Big Sean plays the Priest. The obvious miscasting of Big Sean as a priest is intentional. Ariana wants her audience to feel the same discomfort she was forced to endure after being miscast in several Nickelodeon projects as tweenagers when she's actually Miley's age and should be out in Hollywood naked and dancing. Ariana is telling the world about the vicious way the Nickelodeon complex destroys the identities and stunts the mental and physical growth of the stars it creates.
Contrary to popular opinion, Ariana Grande's ceaselessly eccentric fan-waving is not a reminder for everyone to tune in to The Michael J Fox Show on NBC Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. -- it is a symbolization of the labor she and many others were forced to put in at the Nickelodeon complex. Day and night, night and day, the choreography and acting lessons and baking sessions never stopped. Her face looks strained and her hand wary because very little is able to break the grip of a tween-star-producing-machine the likes of Nickelodeon.
It's so crazy in the Nickelodeon complex that instead of taking selfies in the mirror with your friends while you pregame, you have to wear masquerade masks and POSE! POSE! POSE! Since this scene of false-preparation takes up a significant chunk of the music video's temporal reality, it has to be significant; Ariana is remarking on the narcissism inherent with successfully becoming a superstar.