Former Disney Channel star Olivia Rodrigo has found immense success with her transition from acting to singing. Her debut song ‘Driver’s License’ propelled her to mainstream fame, and she has been unstoppable ever since. The singer recently released a music video for ‘Brutal’, the first song from her debut album.
The song provides a depiction of teenage anger and female anger at what she has to do. This includes many easter eggs, from nods to her inspiration Taylor Swift to the lyrics to her other songs. Here’s every Easter Egg contained in Rodrigo’s ‘Brutal’ music video.
The opening sequence shows off Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’
The ‘Brutal’ music video begins with the singer standing against an animated cityscape backdrop surrounded by ballerinas. When the music starts, Rodrigo breaks an ankle, and she falls to the ground looking uncomfortably at the other ballerinas.
The opening sequence looks very similar to Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ video 1989 album. In the video, Swift tries to harmonize with several dance groups, including ballerinas. In one scene, she is seen sitting on the floor, while other women carry on with their movements.
Olivia Rodrigo’s ad on video
In one scene, Rodrigo wears an orange bob wig in a silver two-piece dress with a blue drink while he looks sad. The scene portrays the capitalist sentiment she sings of in the song, saying she feels exploited. The filter also looks like a fresh cut or crack on the singer’s face.
The scene resembles the one from Reena Swayamma’s ‘XS’ video, where her character sells an orange drink. Finally, the character of Swayam appears as a robot that advertises a drink taken from the neck of a chained creature.
Instagram story filters used throughout the video
The age of social media has given rise to the conversation of body positivity and embracing one’s characteristics. Many influencers, especially on Instagram, have reacted to the widespread use of filters, which many believe promote unrealistic standards.
Some filters include face smoothing filters that leave anyone looking fresh-faced, regardless of the time of day. Rodrigo’s ‘brutal’ video features a slew of effects that look like Instagram filters to imply that not everything you see is real.
Rodrigo’s Instagram username in ‘Brutal’
Throughout the song, Olivia Rodrigo goes on a live stream with her character’s username @spicypiscesnyc. The singer was born in February 2003 and her zodiac sign is Pisces. The name of his Instagram bio is ‘Spicy Mean’ which finds its way into music videos.
While Rodrigo’s Instagram Live may be fake, the comments in the video are from real people, and they contain many clues. As insider Reportedly, the people involved in the ‘brutal’ video left their comments, including the video’s director Petra Collins, whose comment included three emoji. Actor Lucas Gage (the guy sitting with the singer) also left a comment citing the song’s bridge.
songs are everywhere
‘Brutal’ includes a variety of product placements along with its lyrics. In one scene, Rodrigo stands inside a mall and stares at two of his posters. In one of the posters, she is seen advertising a blue drink with an orange wig from an earlier scene. The poster carries the words ‘Golden Years’ along with an ominous slogan that says, “Do you have the guts to enjoy it?”
The poster is a nod to the song, “They say these are the golden years / But I wish I’d disappeared.” In the second poster, she is in a blue wig advertising lipstick with the same logo as the brand Yves Saint Laurent that says ‘Enjoy your youth’. The poster also mentions her lyrics, “If someone tells me one more time / Enjoy your youth, I am going to cry.
final ballerina scene
In the final scene of the video, Olivia Rodrigo stands in traffic surrounded by ballerinas on top of cars. Their coordinated movements can be compared to Kanye West’s “Runaway” music video.
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