I was a bit ignorant as to who exactly Selena Gomez is. If it wasn’t for the crush of Kitten’s little brother, it would just be another name that would require the use of Google or Wikipedia to gather more information as to who she is and why she is relevant. I won’t give you her full 15 year or so bio, but all you need to know is that she is yet another product from the Disney Channel factory, next to Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. You know how they manufacture these stars: TV, movies and albums. In a way, Disney is breeding old fashioned movie stars reminiscent of the 50’s and 60’s. You know, back when entertainers lived up to every sense of the word: acting, singing and dancing.
Does that make me a fan? Not really. I’m not going to critique Disney Channel programming today. But rest assured, I don’t have many good things to say about it. Let’s just say, it’s not for me.
However, one night, I saw a clip of a music video by a one Selena Gomez. I can’t recall where, (it wasn’t the Disney Channel) but it wasn’t her face that first caught my attention. It did help, though. And I’ll admit that Kitten’s lil’ bro has good taste in women. Too young for me though. I’ll follow the likes of Salma Hayek and Zoe Salanda anywhere.
At the time of writing this, I’m still unsure how I feel about this song. It’s not a bad sounding song and it doesn’t feel cheesy in that bubblegum annoying kind of way. But I’m not analyzing the song. The video is definitely entertaining. I felt like I, as the viewer, kept moving through the scenes. Yet I couldn’t help but shake the feeling it was inspired slightly by this…
Whether it was inspired or wasn’t, these are videos intriguing. I believe it’s the movement, or the illusion of constant movement. It’s also the multiplication of the artist. Selena multiplies like a hand of cards, and on occasion her band mates appear in similar fashions. The White Stripes, well their video keeps going through the triangles with at least one of them in one of those triangles. So at any given time, they are always visible. Selena has many more shapes. But there are indeed many triangles, which is what originally caught my attention. And she’s actually featured in different scenes, if you really want to call it that. I suppose the major difference you can say is that Selena’s video isn’t a “one shot” whereas White Stripes gives the impression that it never takes a cut. One definite similarity in two words: strobe lights. Okay, those are in a lot of videos. But both videos feature a red, black and white combo.
I’m not mad at Selena about this video. I’m just making it aware that her video reminds me that it’s sorta been done already. There is more flair to her video, but I don’t think you can beat what the White Stripes offered with their “Seven Nation Army.”