Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ariana Grande and (not really) Oedipus Complexes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sV0S8qWSy0

The above is a link to Ariana Grande and Mac Miller's music video for the song "The Way". Although I like some of Ariana's music, I'm not a fan of the way she's marketed. (Sorry Bonnie, I know you love her.) As exemplified in the above video, she's simultaneously made to seem both quite innocent, childlike, and pure while also being sexualized. Ew, gross.

I was now planning on talking about how this was like an Oedipus Complex, but then I realized that Oedipus Complexes really only applied to parental/filial relationships. (Thanks for confirming that, Alex, Joey, and Iris.) Still, it's strangely pedophiliac and made me angry/uncomfortable enough to decide to rant about it on here anyway.


2 comments:

Iris Mire said...

I definitely agree with how you feel about the way (pun intended) she is marketed. While it's not Oedipal in nature, it certainly recalls a Lolita-esque image of a sexualized little girl. Gross...

Bonnie Cash said...

Her second album is WAY better, for the record. Her voice makes me feel like i'm being serenaded by angels. But agreed, her style does kinda give you a little girl feel... kinda weird but we love her all the same (or at least I do)