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A Leftist Reading of Ariana Grande's "Positions" Music Video

Ariana Grande isn't writing the "Communist Manifesto" with this one, but the video opens the door for a core tenet of leftist work: imagining alternative structures to create a different world.

Ariana Grande in "Positions"

Upon first listen, focused more on the visuals than the lyrics, I assumed Ariana Grande's "Positions" was about the professional multidimensionality of women.

This did not turn out to be the case. Interpret the actual lyrics however you will, the song is a certifiable banger; and, more importantly, the video Makes Some Points.

In the David Meyers-directed visual of the lead single and title track of her new album, Ariana Grande is President. She struts around the recognizable rooms of the White House in recognizable Jackie O-inspired outfits, but the world she is living in seems not to be ours. How can it be when she's surrounded almost exclusively by women and BIPOC?

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