Pop musician Ariana Grande is creating buzz around her newly released single “Thank U, Next” with an Instagram trailer based on Tina Fey’s 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls. The preview even stars Jonathan Bennett, who played the film’s romantic lead.
In the trailer (posted below), various high school teens talk about Grande as if she were the most popular trendsetter at school. Mean Girls has a similar montage in which students talk about Regina George, the queen bee who rules their school.
In Grande’s preview, one woman says, “One time on Twitter, I heard Ariana was pregnant, so I got pregnant so we could be pregnant at the same time. Turns out it was just a rumor,” as the camera pans out on her engorged belly.
Bennett says, “Ariana Grande told me my hair looked sexy pushed back.”
He adds, “She’s not wrong,” before flashing a wry smile.
In one scene, a man with stubble dressed in pink clothes and a wig sits next to his gossipy gal pal who alludes to Grande’s broken engagement with Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson.
Gay singer and Grande collaborator Troye Sivan even pops up to say, “I heard she’s a lesbian who’s now dating a chick called Aubrey. It’s f*cking sick.”
In June 2018, Sivan released “Dance to This,” a musical track featuring Grande.
Grande has gained a large gay following because of her public embrace of LGBTQ people. Her 2014 video for “Break Free” included a shot of a gay alien couple kissing, and she’s proud of her openly gay brother Frankie Grande. In 2015, she headlined a New York Pride performance and that same year she published an open letter expressing her love for the LGBTQ community.