Just Try to Make Sense of Selena Gomez’s "Bad Liar" Music Video

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After releasing her new single, “Bad Liar,” at the end of May, Selena Gomez has debuted a highly anticipated , helmed by former Girls director Jesse Peretz. It has a distinct 70s style, perhaps an homage to the Talking Heads’ 1977 song “Psycho Killer,” which was sampled on the track (and given the by David Byrne himself). It’s a departure from Gomez’s past videos, which have typically stuck to a simple format with little to no narrative or characters besides herself. “Bad Liar “ is the antithesis of these earlier videos, and it is also very, very confusing.

Throughout the three-minute-and-57-second video, Gomez takes on the roles of four different characters and their accompanying wigs: a high-school student, a gym teacher, the student’s mother, and the principal or teacher of the high school (it isn’t clear) who is also maybe the student’s step-dad or biological father. The student keeps an eye on the maybe-principal, who continues to flirt with the gym teacher before we see him head home in a car driven by his presumed wife, the student’s mother. They share a tense dinner before (student) Gomez comes home after basketball practice and heads to her room to dance off the day, apparently, to her own song. She eventually lies down on her bed and pulls out a candid Polaroid of the gym teacher, which she somehow has access to, from underneath her pillow and smiles.

Yeah . . . what?

There is one takeaway from the video that is fairly certain: student Gomez has a crush on her feather-haired gym teacher, who is also Selena Gomez. Unfortunately, this leaves us with more questions than answers about the very plot-heavy video. Is this man the principal or a teacher? Is he the student’s step-dad or biological dad? Is he cheating on his wife with the gym teacher? If not, what is the purpose of having a mother/wife character in the first place? Shouldn’t he not be conspicuously touching his crotch while watching a high school girls basketball team practice?

There are no obvious answers to these questions, except that this music video could have cut a character. But lest we forget, Selena Gomez is not just a singer, she’s a performer, a businesswoman, and most recently, an executive producer of Netflix’s extremely successful series 13 Reasons Why. For Gomez, the video serves as a vehicle to show off her talents, which include performing and moving merchandise. You can buy the tank top she wore as well as other pieces of memorabilia seen throughout the video now, along with the soundtrack to 13 Reasons Why , should that be something you would like to purchase.

Photos:Selena Gomez’s Style Evolution From Disney Teen to Global Superstar

At the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (May 2007)

Gomez got her start on Barney & Friends when she was 10 years old. She was thrust into the spotlight, however, with her role as Alex Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, which premiered when she was 15. She dressed her age on the red carpet; here, she’s wearing Chuck Taylors.

Photo: By E. Charbonneau/WireImage.

At the premiere of Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert 3D (January 2008)

Gomez appeared in other Disney productions—including Hannah Montana with Miley Cyrus and Sonny with a Chance with Demi Lovato—throughout her teen years. Her red-carpet style continued to evolve, and she started to experiment with her hair.

Photo: By Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.

With Vanessa Hudgens at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party (September 2008)

With others in her Disney cohort, Gomez’s star quickly began to rise. She appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue in 2009 and made appearances at parties and red carpets. Her style also began to mature at this point, as evidenced by this black cocktail dress with a sheer, polka-dot overlay.

Photo: By Marion Curtis/StarPix/Rex/Shutterstock.

At CNN Heroes (May 2008)

Gomez’s signature long, dark hair later helped her land a seven-figure contract with Pantene .

Photo: By Michael Caulfield/Getty Images.

Performing during her Revival tour (June 2016)

In May 2016, Gomez embarked on her worldwide Revival Tour. She before her Europe and Latin America dates due to depression and anxiety caused by lupus. She continued to update and change her performance wear, from the cities she was visiting.

Photo: By Rick Kern/Getty Images.

At the American Music Awards (November 2016)

Gomez made her public debut after her mental-health break in a head-turning red Prada gown at the American Music Awards. Later in the night, she won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and addressing her personal struggles.

Photo: By Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.

Walking in Los Angeles (January 2017)

Gomez was announced as the in late 2016, helping with design as well as starring in the brand’s campaigns. She was seen in Los Angeles in early January 2017 sporting a new haircut and wearing a Coach sweater.

Photo: By JB Lacroix/GC Images.

At the premiere of <em>Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End</em> (May 2007)

At the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (May 2007)

Gomez got her start on Barney & Friends when she was 10 years old. She was thrust into the spotlight, however, with her role as Alex Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, which premiered when she was 15. She dressed her age on the red carpet; here, she’s wearing Chuck Taylors.

By E. Charbonneau/WireImage.

At the premiere of <em>Hannah Montana &amp; Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert 3D</em> (January 2008)

At the premiere of Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert 3D (January 2008)

Gomez appeared in other Disney productions—including Hannah Montana with Miley Cyrus and Sonny with a Chance with Demi Lovato—throughout her teen years. Her red-carpet style continued to evolve, and she started to experiment with her hair.

By Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.

With Vanessa Hudgens at the <em>Teen Vogue</em> Young Hollywood Party (September 2008)

With Vanessa Hudgens at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party (September 2008)

With others in her Disney cohort, Gomez’s star quickly began to rise. She appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue in 2009 and made appearances at parties and red carpets. Her style also began to mature at this point, as evidenced by this black cocktail dress with a sheer, polka-dot overlay.

By Marion Curtis/StarPix/Rex/Shutterstock.

At CNN Heroes (May 2008)

At CNN Heroes (May 2008)

Gomez’s signature long, dark hair later helped her land a seven-figure contract with Pantene .

By Michael Caulfield/Getty Images.

At the Emmys (September 2009)

At the Emmys (September 2009)

In 2009, Wizards of Waverly Place won its first Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program (it would go on to win a total of three over the course of its run). Gomez wore a flowing Marchesa gown to the event.

By Joshua Gates Weisberg/EPA/Rex/Shutterstock.

At the UNICEF Snowflake Ball (December 2009)

At the UNICEF Snowflake Ball (December 2009)

At the age of 17, Gomez became , beginning years of charity work to help underprivileged children. She attended the charity’s annual snowflake ball in a striking magenta gown.

By Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Performing at Dick Clark’s New Year's Rockin’ Eve (December 2009)

Performing at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (December 2009)

As with most Disney stars, Gomez embarked on a singing career, creating the band in 2009. Her looked like what a teenage girl would wear to a school dance—lots of sparkle, sequins, and ruffles.
At the Univision Premios Juventud Awards (July 2010)

At the Univision Premios Juventud Awards (July 2010)

By Chris Pizzello/AP/Rex/Shutterstock.

At the Grammys (February 2011)

At the Grammys (February 2011)

In 2011, Gomez attended her first Grammys looking more mature in a shimmering J. Mendel gown.

At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (February 2011)

At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (February 2011)

Gomez made headlines in 2011 when she made her with her then-boyfriend Justin Bieber. The pair color coordinated in looks by Dolce & Gabbana.

By Michael Buckner/WireImage.

At the American Music Awards (November 2011)

At the American Music Awards (November 2011)

By 2011, Gomez had upped her red-carpet style with sexier, more sophisticated gowns on the red carpet, like her champagne-colored silk Giorgio Armani look at the American Music Awards.

By Chris Pizzello/AP/Rex/Shutterstock.

At the Venice Film Festival (September 2012)

At the Venice Film Festival (September 2012)

Gomez starred in Harmony Korine’s R-rated crime drama alongside James Franco and former High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, showing the world she’d moved on from her days at Disney. She attended the Venice Film festival in an elaborate gown Versace Atelier gown.

By Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.

At the <em>Glamour</em> Women of the Year Awards (November 2012)

At the Glamour Women of the Year Awards (November 2012)

Her transition to adulthood continued with photo shoots for magazines like Glamour and Cosmopolitan. She attended a Glamour party in a very on-trend peplum in 2012.

By Theo Wargo/WireImage.

At the Met Gala (May 2015)

At the Met Gala (May 2015)

In 2015, Gomez attended her first Met Gala wearing a custom gown by Vera Wang.

By Larry Busacca/Getty Images.

At the Louis Vuitton Series 3 V.I.P. launch (September 2015)

At the Louis Vuitton Series 3 V.I.P. launch (September 2015)

Gomez would officially assert her place in the fashion world by forming a relationship with Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière. In 2016, she was announced as the of the brand and appeared on the cover of Vogue Brazil with Ghesquière.

By Karwai Tang/WireImage.

Performing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (November 2015)

Performing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (November 2015)

While promoting her latest album, Revival, which earned her her first top 40 single with “Good for You,” Gomez performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and on Saturday Night Live. Her performance wear took a dramatic high-fashion turn, incorporating custom looks by designers like Monse and Karl Lagerfeld.

By Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

Walking in Paris (March 2016)

Walking in Paris (March 2016)

By Marc Piasecki/GC Images.

Performing during her <em>Revival</em> tour (June 2016)

Performing during her Revival tour (June 2016)

In May 2016, Gomez embarked on her worldwide Revival Tour. She before her Europe and Latin America dates due to depression and anxiety caused by lupus. She continued to update and change her performance wear, from the cities she was visiting.

By Rick Kern/Getty Images.

At the American Music Awards (November 2016)

At the American Music Awards (November 2016)

Gomez made her public debut after her mental-health break in a head-turning red Prada gown at the American Music Awards. Later in the night, she won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and addressing her personal struggles.

By Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.

Walking in Los Angeles (January 2017)

Walking in Los Angeles (January 2017)

Gomez was announced as the in late 2016, helping with design as well as starring in the brand’s campaigns. She was seen in Los Angeles in early January 2017 sporting a new haircut and wearing a Coach sweater.

By JB Lacroix/GC Images.



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