This time we'll be looking at Starships.
Let's look at the close ups first.
"Oh look at how weird and quirky I am, I have different colour hair in every close up!" In these close-ups, she tries to highlight the fact that she looks different in each of them, to get us to think she's 'weird' or 'random'. No, Nicki Minaj. Clearly what happened is you were blonde but you went swimming and chlorine turned it green. Don't try to style it out. Ever since Gaga turned 'weird' into mainstream, everyone has been dyeing their hair ridiculous colours and it doesn't make you any more popular.
Goodwin's theory says that the lyrics should fit the visuals in a music video. Shall we see how Nicki does this?
One shot of some spaceships, which she calls starships. I don't know why.
There's no real link between music and visuals, except that they all "dance" to it.
It fits the conventions of the genre, what with all the gyrating and club dancing etc.etc.
Numerous close ups because she's so "pretty".
There is some intertextuality:
I think Ursula Andress does it better, Nicki.
The whole basis of this video is that some 'starships' come and drop her off and then she goes around and dances on some sand and with some men. Way to go on the narrative there, Nicki. Also, once again, well done on the empowering women thing.
I really feel these wide shots show Nicki Minaj as a great figure in the feminist movement. I mean, look at them. Rolling around in sand wearing nothing but a tiny pink bikini? Clearly not pandering to the male gaze here, at all. I think the fact that the bikini is pink here annoys me the most. Pink traditionally signifies girls or female or women, and so to have her wearing the pink bikini signifies to me that she's just a dainty little female who isn't worth anything more than rolling around in sand and dancing on a van or whatever it is she's dancing on.
"Oh I'm just a little girl who wears nothing but a pink bikini and dance around because that's what girls do hehehehe" I hope you burn.
There are also many shots of random people who have nothing to do with the video.
Nice long shot of irrelevant men dancing. Is this how people danced before you came and showed them the error of their ways, Nicki? Now everyone dances like this:
YOUR MOTHER MUST BE SO PROUD.