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Charli XCX & Troye Sivan get into full retro drag for 90s-inspired music video

 

Charli XCX in American Beauty pose 1999 cream magazine @2x

British pop singer Charli XCX and Perth pop star Troye Sivan have just released a duet single called 1999 with a video clip that takes viewers back to that exact year… big-time.

In the clip, Charli is seen one minute as a geek hugging her fat Apple Mac computer, the next dressed and grooving like Left-Eye Lopez of TLC a la Waterfalls.

There’s even a bit with Charli fully naked, dipped in rose petals in the same pose as Mena Suvari in ‘American Beauty’  … a daring inclusion in the midst of the #TimesUp movement.

Up next she’s being cradled by Troye in a scene emulating Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio in Titanic, ill-fitting suit on Troye and dodgy wig on Charli.

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But the campest bit is when Charli takes the piss out of Baby Spice fronting a Spice Girls dance routine, cutting immediately to Troye dressed as that creepy bearded dude in Backstreet Boys fronting his sorry posse.

Ironically, there’s even a bit with Charli fully naked, dipped in rose petals in the same pose as Mena Suvari in American Beauty, just as Charli sings “Oooh, I wish we could just go back in time”. It makes for a daring inclusion in the midst of the #TimesUp movement – and even creepier given that Kevin Spacey, who starred opposite Suvari in the original film, is currently being alleged of sexual misconduct with minors.

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Mena Suvari and Kevin Spacey in ‘that scene’ in ‘American Beauty’.

To add insult to injury, the rose petal scene cuts to a bunch of paparazzi photographing an obscured couple, revealed to represent Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan – back in McGowan’s ‘hooker’-looking days – which clearly sees Charli throwing shade at the #MeToo rep who today looks more butch-military than sexed-up vixen.

Charli XCX vs Rose McGowan cream magazine @2x

But enough pop cultural referencing, take a look at the clip for yourself and see what other reminiscent (and cheeky) scenarios you can spot.

One thing’s for sure: the 90s weren’t as clever and cool as we all thought they were. In retrospect, they were kitsch, camp, overtly ironic, and kinda irresponsible, really.  Antonino Tati

 

 

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