• Fri, Sep 23 2011

Is Kelly Clarkson Seriously Blasting The Press In Her New Video?

A preview for the video for Kelly Clarkson‘s new single Mr. Know It All hit the Internet today, and it appears to be at least partly about the unfair way Kelly is portrayed by the press. In it, she performs against a backdrop of newspaper headlines which, when the camera zooms in, are revealed to say unflattering things like “The Win Went To Her Head,” “Why So Single Kelly?” and “Sponsors Drop Kelly Clarkson.” “You don’t know a thing about me,” she sings, in a non-parodic echo of MTV Diary‘s cheeky opening line, “you think you know, but you have no idea.”

This ire towards the press would be understandable coming from, say, Lindsay Lohan, but I actually can’t think of a single figure in pop music more universally adored by journalists than Kelly Clarkson. Even people who don’t much care for her music can’t help but get a little misty eyed when they think about how perfectly she embodies the aspirational fantasy that is The American Dream. When NPR’s All Songs Considered decided to hold a debate about her, they had trouble finding a single music critic who was willing to say anything negative about her on the air. Personally, I find my ear has trouble differentiating between most Kelly Clarkson songs and any number of homogenous pop tracks I tune out in the grocery store, but musical critique is different from the tabloid-y kind of coverage the video references. (And anyway, I’m in the minority.)

I realize the press is an easy target because everyone hates us, but it seems just a tad disingenuous to portray us as the enemy when press coverage of Kelly Clarkson has been as positive as it’s possible for press coverage to be without getting payola involved. I know it’s just a music video, but Ms. Clarkson might do well to reconsider biting the hand that feeds her, for we are a mercurial and pissy people.

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  • June

    I get what you’re saying here, but the things on that wall are actual things that have been said about her in the press over the years. Most of which was actually untrue but you know how the press takes one thing and twists it into a completely fabricated story by the time it’s run through the machine.

  • Mike

    Don’t take it personally, it’s aimed at those critics who indeed have said nasty things about her. Because there is no denying her talent, the media often goes after her weight and people have lots to say on whether they think she’s a lesbian, etc. etc. These headlines are all true, so while you may not know of anyone that says negative things about her, there is lots of proof out there if you look for it. I do agree the press is mostly kind to her, though. But the people that assume things about her career and write false articles are the ones being blasted in this video. Kelly is a true talent and is arguably the best voice in pop music.. I adore her.

  • Ninjalilly

    I have seen tons of terrible and mean things written about her. As a fan, I pay attention. If you are not a fan, then you probably don’t see it. It’s mostly smaller bloggers and people like perez hilton.

  • Jaime

    I completely disagree with you on this post. I have been a fan of Kelly’s for 9 years and sadly critics seem to always trash my girl Kelly. She had to go through hell and back when she released My December, she has always to fight to have certain songs on her albums, the press has always tlaked about her weight… they have said so many harsh things. Im glad she did that… that just means she is mature enough to read them and know that in fact WE DONT KNOW A THING ABOUT HER. I love her music so much and her even more. She has always said she does not want to be #1 she wants to make music she loves for who ever will listen. She loves her small fan base and loves what she is doing. Oh & she still has the best voice out of all of the pop divas on scene now.

  • Randal

    Freedom of speech. You have a right to disagree about her approach. But she also has a right to sing about what she feels. If the media takes it personal, they shouldn’t work in their position.