Focus - Ariana Grande



The Experience: Ariana Grande is back and she wants your attention ...focus on me... so that she can share her message.


Music video: The video definitely gets people to focus on Ariana, but the problem is we never really get to see or know HER. We are introduced to every angel and facet of her body. But we don't actually meet her until the last two seconds when the camera zeros in on her face and the light pinpoints her eyes - finally their natural brown without the star contact lenses. That's the only frame where we actually look her in the eyess... and those eyes ask: does anybody care about me or are you just here for my body? Ariana is much more than just her body, but the video hides the person behind the curves.


The MeaningIn Focus Ariana offers two conflicting messages. First she reminds her listeners that if my real ain't real enough, I'm sorry for you, bae - she will be herself and won't change herself or her body for other people's tastes. She then challenges listeners to find a light inside our universe now, where ain't nobody keep on holding us down - their lives and relationships will only find success and meaning if they accepting themselves as they are and fulfill their own unique mission in the world. But there's also a second and less savory aspect that undermines that original message. I'm over here doing what I like, I'm over here working day and night... Just come and get it... You're gonna like it. And the chorus - fuh- fuh- focus - is too similar to repeated f-bombs for it to be a coincidence. Ariana reduces herself to just an object for everyone's pleasure which means she is really just playing to their preferences as she warned us not to do earlier in the song.

Ask yourself: Do I have enough self respect to make people accept me as I am and to not let them treat me as an object?


LYRICS:

Hey

I know what I came to do
And that ain't gonna change
So go ahead and talk your talk
Cause I won't take the bait
I'm over here doing what I like
I'm over here working day and night
And if my real ain't real enough
I'm sorry for you, bae

Let's find a light inside our universe now
Where ain't nobody keep on holding us down
Just come and get it, let them say what they say
Cause I'm about to put them all away

Focus on me, fuh-fuh-focus on me
Focus on me, fuh-fuh-focus on me
Focus on me (Focus), fuh-fuh-focus on me (Focus on me)
Focus on me (Focus), fuh-fuh-focus on me (Focus on me)

I can tell you're curious
It's written on your lips
Ain't no need to hold it back
Go 'head and talk your shit
I know you're hoping that I'll react
I know you're hoping I'm looking back
But if my real ain't real enough
Then I don't know what is

Let's find a light inside our universe now
Where ain't nobody keep on holding us down
Just come and get it, let them say what they say
Cause I'm about to put them all away

Focus on me, fuh-fuh-focus on me
Focus on me, fuh-fuh-focus on me
Focus on me (Focus), fuh-fuh-focus on me (Focus on me)
Focus on me (Focus), fuh-fuh-focus on me (Focus on me)

1, 2, 3, c'mon girls
You're gonna like it
(Focus on me)
Come on, now, now
(Focus on me)
Oooh yeah

Let's find a light inside our universe now
Where ain't nobody keep on holding us down
Just come and get it, let them say what they say
Cause I'm about to put them all away

Focus on me, fuh-fuh-focus on me
(You know I like it when you focus on me)
Focus on me, fuh-fuh-focus on me
Focus on me (Focus), fuh-fuh-focus on me (Focus on me)
Focus on me (Focus), fuh-fuh-focus on me (Focus on me)
Focus on me, fuh-fuh-focus on me
Focus on me, fuh-fuh-focus on me
Focus on me (Focus), fuh-fuh-focus on me (Focus on me)
Focus on me (Focus), fuh-fuh-focus on me (Focus on me)
Bae

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