It would be an understatement to say Selena Gomez shows a lot of range in her video for “Bad Liar.” The 24-year-old actress has spent the last several months teasing fans with cryptic tweets and Instagram hints about her upcoming project, “Fetish.”
First off — and most obvious — Gomez plays each of the main roles.
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Father. Daughter. Mother. Gym teacher. All Gomez.
This isn’t the first time Selena has faced off against herself.
In 2013, “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex,” a made-for-TV movie, aired on Disney. In it, Alex, played by Gomez, accidentally creates an evil version of herself (the one with the white streak in her hair).
Gomez recreates her famous Coke pose from Instagram in “Bad Liar.”
For a brief moment in “Bad Liar,” the “father” version of Gomez takes a sip from a bottle of Coke. Those with a good eye and a good memory will recognize this as an obvious nod to Gomez’s “when your lyrics are on the bottle ? #ad” Instagram post. The image, btw, is the second “most liked” picture on Instagram, with 6.7 million likes.
The gym teacher’s hair (right) is a nod to ’70s icon Farrah Fawcett’s classic feathered hair.
Taylor Swift allegedly makes a brief cameo in the video:
— Taylor Swift | FOTP (@FOTPTaylorSwift) June 15, 2017
This hasn’t been confirmed, but there’s a whole discussion on Twitter about Swift’s brief appearance. Some people think Taylor Swift appears on pretty much every poster in Selena’s room, which you can read all about here.
“Bad Liar” leans heavily on the bass line from Talking Head’s “Psycho Killer.”
David Byrne, a founder of Talking Heads, even tweeted some love for Gomez’s track back in May.
— DavidByrne.com (@DBtodomundo) May 18, 2017
The “Wolves” jersey Selena wears during the basketball scene could be a reference to lupus.
In Latin, the word “lupus” means wolf. Fans of the Harry Potter series remember Remus Lupin, whose last name was a nod towards his lycanthropy “condition,” a.k.a. werewolfism. J.K. Rowling even mentioned that Lupin’s werewolfism was a metaphor for people who suffer from an illness with a social stigma attached.
When Gomez first announced “Bad Liar”, she wore a “fall risk” wristband, another nod towards lupus.
When this image of Gomez, wearing a wristband of the word “RISK” and with bandages on her wrist, people on social media thought she was attempting to glamorize suicide — due to her “13 Reasons Why” connection. Photographer Petra Collins came out in Gomez’s defense, explaining, “Selena came straight from the hospital to this shoot — from being there for lupus.”
The video was directed by Jesse Peretz, who was a founding member and bass guitarist for the Lemonheads.
You might not be familiar with Peretz, but chances are you have seen his work. Peretz has directed episodes of both “Girls” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Peretz also directed the “Girls” music video for Marnie’s “What I Am.”
The plot twist in “Bad Liar” is similar to Halsey’s “Colors.”
Talk about a love triangle, “Colors” even features a similar Polaroid style reveal for the song’s major plot twist. Check out the video here to see what we’re talking about.
The final moments of the video feature a teaser for “Fetish”…
… followed by Gomez staring into the camera and mouthing the word, “fetish.”
In the short clip, Gomez’s entire appearance is different than we saw earlier in “Bad Liar.”
This could be tied, no pun intended, to her previous teaser for “Bad Liar.”
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 18, 2017
In this short clip, Gomez is tied, much like someone into the BDSM fetish.
No word on whether “Fetish” is a single, or perhaps an entire album. Gomez has said little on the matter.
"I wanted it to be a stand-alone record. It's different from what's coming." – Selena on #BadLiar
— Selena Gomez Source (@GomezSource) May 31, 2017
One hint about “Fetish” comes from the store on Gomez’s website.
Available for pre-order are these stickers, which are similar in style to the “Bad Liar” 1978 aesthetic. One of the stickers features a ? peach ? emoji-style image with the word “FETISH” above it.
Some are speculating that “Fetish” will feature Gucci Mane.
— Selena Gomez News (@LifeWithSelG) June 14, 2017
Only time, and Selena, will tell us what all this means!
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