Video Review: Dua Lipa “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”

Standing against a charcoal background, two women hug while a man folds his arms across his chest. Dua Lipa lifts her head from her friend’s shoulder.

Sitting by an apartment building, she and her friends lounge on a wide bench and then start to walk through the city.

They walk through a tunnel. She stays behind, walking backwards and looking into the camera, wearing a silver plated MWAH necklace.

With the camera angle bent, a friend of hers rides a skateboard sideways.

Outside, her friend pops a bubble from her gum. Other friends skateboard down the sidewalk. She hangs out on a cement ledge, her one leg out while her friends are gathered off to the side.

On the sidewalk, they hold their own equality parade. One person waves a rainbow flag, she hollers on the megaphone the group’s message while others wave signs that say “Dua  for President” and “You Can Sit With Us.”

They continue to walk through the tunnel.

In a field of overgrown weeds, she and her friends sit, their arms crossed against their chest.

On a balcony, she looks at the city’s skyline. Her friends bring a poster reading “Blow Your Mind” and hang it over the railing. They all dance.

Rating: 3/5

Dua Lipa may think of herself as slicing off a dull edge and nailing it against the wall, she’s a rather ordinary person on the cusp of cool but teetering on its cliff, likely to fall in either direction.

She is, however, forward thinking and progressive. From an American standpoint, seeing a woman with signs declaring herself for president and proclaiming equality in the middle of the streets, pushes social norms by challenging people to think past the misogny and hate. In a country where people are afraid of putting Hillary Clinton signs on their front lawn, watching a woman do the same for herself is ballsy.

Somehow, the group’s overall grit, formed by guarding against discrimination and keeping themselves safe, is off-putting. Their defensiveness makes it difficult to get to know them. Their passion and desire to speak up softens them as they parade in their city.

Director: Kinga Burza Year: 2016

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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