Has Selena Gomez met Selena Gomez? Or has she at least listened to her music? Because it’s starting to look like she’s spent a little to much time with her BFF Taylor Swift and caught some of her No Self-Awareness At All Syndrome. In a new interview with Teen Vogue, Selena says she’s a wholesome girl who doesn’t like to rebel, despite the more promiscuous lyrics in her popular songs. She turns full Taylor for a second and says, “You fall in love and it completely consumes you.” Ugh, here we go.
“So a part of you is broken when that’s gone. And part of you wants to have that rebellious feeling where you’re just like, forget it-I can do anything I want. I’ve tried it, and I’ve never been that girl. I’m always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night.”
Okay, I’m with you here, Selena. I imagine this approach to dating and sexuality is what made you and Justin Bieber not work out, since he seems to prefer the “for the night” type of girl, particularly when he can pay for it. I’m just a little confused about how this relates to your song lyrics and the videos that go with them. As your “hater” Lorde explained, “Come and Get It” doesn’t exactly send a positive message to young women. Also, I think we can all agree that “it” doesn’t refer to the warm apple pie you just made that you want your boyfriend to carry to his parents’ house when you go to visit them. I’m pretty sure “it” is sexytimes.
Selena didn’t write “Come and Get It,” but she still chose to sing it and star in a seductive video for it (as well as her other single “Slow Down,” which includes lyrics dripping with innuendo), so in turn that becomes a part of her public image. Granted, she’s not twerking on a married man’s crotch or riding naked on a wrecking ball, but at least Miley Cyrus doesn’t then do interviews and say, “I’m really just the innocent girl next door. I’ve tried being something different but it doesn’t work.”
I like Selena Gomez against my better judgment, and she seems light years more mature than the typical pop star her age, but her public image is all over the place these days. Chalk it up to the dreaded “former Disney girl trying to prove she’s a grown-up” stage, but the words that come out of her mouth in song don’t match the ones that come out of her mouth in interviews, and that sends a lot of conflicting messages to her fans.