On Friday, Ariana Grande dropped her newest album “Thank U, Next” — along with a music video for the album’s final track, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”
The video follows Grande as she flirts with both a boy and his girlfriend, who’s styled to resemble the singer.
The twist ending (spoiler alert) sees Grande turn away from the boy and lean in to kiss the girl.
Some fans have accused Grande, who identifies as straight, of “queer baiting” and using bisexuality for shock value.
Others have interpreted the girlfriend character as a representation of Grande herself and believe the video is an illustration of self-love.
Ariana Grande has sparked another controversy with her most recent music video for “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” which dropped on Friday alongside Grande’s newest album “Thank U, Next.”
As suggested by the title, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” follows Grande as she covets and flirts with another girl’s boyfriend, played by model Ariel Yasmine and “Riverdale” actor Charles Melton, respectively.
However, Grande is also seen throughout the video flirting with the girlfriend character. The twist ending (spoiler alert) sees Grande turn away from Melton and lean in to kiss Yasmine instead. The video ends before their lips touch.
In response, some fans have accused Grande, who has thus far identified as straight, of “queer baiting.” The term describes a practice — usually used in visual media, like movies and TV shows — to entice queer viewers with hints of an LGBTQ character or love story without any meaningful follow-through.
While Grande has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community, many have noted that it’s a tired trope and a symptom of privilege to use same-sex attraction purely for shock value.
is ariana heterosexual or nah i need answers pls bc this…queer baiting thing is making me annoyed
— 𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚞𝚖𝚗 (@filmforfall) February 8, 2019
if ariana isn’t bisexual and just kissed a girl in break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored, then i’ll have to unstan. sorry sis it’s 2019 and i won’t accept queer baiting in this bisexual girl’s house. thank u, next 💋
— simin (@mimisbutterflys) February 8, 2019
let’s hope that was ariana’s way of coming out and she wasn’t just queer baiting
— jen (@seungakwn) February 8, 2019
if Ariana is bi, then you go girl
but if she’s queerbaiting us and using bisexuality just as a plot twist…
bisexuality isn’t something you decide bc you’re bored
bisexuality isn’t here for shock value
— aphrodite•hobiuary🦄 (@ssweetae) February 8, 2019
ok tea but if ariana isnt bi and had that ending to break up with ur gf im bored idk im gonna be a lil :/ bc lgbt themes shouldn’t be used in music videos just to add shock value or be like wow look at me idk
— Val🌙⭐ (@galaxy_pal) February 8, 2019
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Source:: Business Insider