Did you spot these Easter eggs in Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s video for ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’?
The video for 'Nothing Breaks Like A Heart' is chock-full of hidden references. From Britney Spears to the NFL to police brutality, how many Easter eggs did you spot?
Last week, super-producer Mark Ronson confirmed he'll be putting out a new solo album full of "sad bangers" sometime in 2019. In anticipation of the yet-to-be-titled album, Ronson unveiled the lead single of the album on Thursday.
Titled, 'Nothing Breaks Like A Heart' the song featured Miley Cyrus, who added her recently rediscovered country twang to the lyrics as Ronson blended groovy disco beats, orchestral strings and 80s styled synths together. The tune also comes with a music video, which sees Cyrus in an absurdly slow car chase with police officers.
Underneath the surface of the visuals though, are a ton of references packed in - from gun violence to the Black Lives matter movement to hints from Cyrus' own past and cheekily hidden jokes. The intricate video is filled with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them Easter eggs. Here's a rundown of the ones fans were quick to spot:
1. The offensive vanity plate
The car that Cyrus drives during the car chase bears a vanity plate that reads '370H55V'. If you flip the number plate upside down (which happens eventually in the video as Cyrus launches off the road in a freak accident), you’ll notice that it spells "a**hole". The plate also shouts out to her home state of Tennessee, as the license plate reads, even though the video was shot in Ukraine.
2. The wrecking ball hanging on her rear view
One of several callbacks through the video to Cyrus' past career, you can see a small figurine sitting on a wrecking ball dangling from Cyrus' rear view mirror.
3. The 'Miley Blue Eyes' meme
A few months ago, a photo of Cyrus taken at the 2008 Grammy Awards showing her heavily eyeshadowed blue eyes went viral on the internet and soon turned into a meme. In one scene, one of the people in the crowd is seen sporting a mask of the viral photograph.
4. More references to her past
Apart from the reference to ‘Wrecking Ball’, we see several other references to her past career. A photo of Cyrus from the Mike WiLL Made-It video is taped to the inside of the helicopter. There's also a graffiti that reads 'Miley Loves Me' next to her face.
5. Colin Kaepernick and the NFL
There are also shots of football players taking a knee, a reference to the U.S. National Anthem protests that have been happening at NFL games for the past few years. Recently, it was revealed that before Maroon 5 was confirmed as the performers for the Halftime Show at the 2019 Superbowl, Cyrus had been approached and she turned down the opportunity in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and his supporters.
6. The crucifixion of Christ
Towards the end of the video, we see Cyrus stand with her arms outstretched with the doors of the car hanging open in the background. It's an obvious reference to Jesus on the cross, but it's significance in the context of the video or any context for that matter might be a little hard to grasp. Is Cyrus saying she gives herself up to her fans as Jesus did for the common folk? Who knows!
7. A shout out to Britney Spears
Some fans were quick to point that the racy shot in which Cyrus exposes her derriere as she crawls over to the back seat of the car is a reference to an old paparazzi video of Britney Spears.
8. 2009 Teen Choice Awards Controversy
Who can forget the scandal that erupted after Cyrus seemingly danced around a stripper pole at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards? Not Cyrus for sure, as she references the moment by driving through a strip club in the music video.
9. The 2013 VMA performance
We also see a room of stuffed toys, which fans are theorizing is a reference to Cyrus' 2013 VMA performance.
10. The heartbroken disco ball
A disco ball shaped like a broken heart has been a prominent symbol that features on the artwork associated with 'Nothing Breaks Like A Heart'. You can see it in multiple shots through the video, including a billboard in the background as Cyrus' car does a 360 flip.