Watch Ariana Grande’s explicitly yonic music video for ‘God Is A Woman’
Like the title, the video celebrates the power of womanhood, while making references to Michelangelo, Rodin, Pulp Fiction, Thor and much more.
Ariana Grande has dropped the new music video for 'God is a Woman', just hours after unveiling the latest single off her upcoming 'Sweetener' album and it's a sight to behold.
Directed by Dave Meyers, known for his work with Kendrick Lamar and SZA, as well as Grande’s recent videos for 'No Tears Left to Cry' and 'The Light is Coming', the music video is packed to the brim with a string of pop culture references. We see Grande go through a multitude of looks in several settings that are chock full of yonic imagery. The video opens to a galaxy spiraling around Grande, and thanks to some slick VFX, she gyrates as it spins around her like a hula hoop!
In one scene, she's dressed like Thor, wielding the mighty hammer Mjolnir and smashing it against a giant glass reminiscent of the iconic 1984 Apple commercial. In another scene that's evocative of the title track, she's replaced God in Michaelangelo's 'Creation of Adam' and is reaching down to Eve (who is black, of course!).
There's also a moment in which she mouths the words to Pulp Fiction's iconic Ezekiel 25:17, only with the gender flipped. "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my SISTERS," she says. According to Billboard, the guest verse came courtesy of Madonna, of all people. We did not see that coming!
The surreal video also uses a multitude of film styles, including one interesting animated sequence that shows Ariana seated high above a book in the pose of Rodin's 'Thinker' as haters throw words like "slut", "b*tch" and "fake" at her. She calmly deflects the words, clearly a statement to her haters. Elsewhere in the video, Grande straddles across the Earth and toys with it, poking her finger into a hurricane and stirring up some trouble.
As CoS points out, Grande's recent Instagram photos suggest Meyers was assisted on set by artist Alexa Meade, whose past pieces have involved painting and then submerging her subjects in a pool of milk. That would explain the strange shots with Ariana swimming in pools of mother-of-pearl paint. 'God is a Woman' was produced by ILYA for MXM, written by Grande, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson, and ILYA.
Check out the music video below: