Rihanna has thrown caution to the wind more than once, especially while on tour. But in her new “Goodnight Gotham” video teaser, she pushed the envelope once again by running full speed (well, as fast as she can go) into a crowd of onrushing fans in Paris.
Although the teaser, released July 31, is only about a minute long, it has its good, bad and ugly elements.
To the good, the clip could be interpreted as a show of support for France in the wake of the country’s devastating terror attacks. One of them occurred at a music venue.
Rihanna shows she has no fear of her fans or of being exposed to a horde of Parisians in public.
But on the bad side, suspicions have already been raised that the meeting was staged and the fans hand-picked to avoid a possible calamity.
For example, Rihanna is hugged and hugged, but never groped. Even when she is hoisted on fans’ shoulders, everybody minds their manners. Hard to believe that would happen if the meeting were truly spontaneous in a crowd that would include drunk and stoned fans.
Some social media critics got a little ugly because of the song’s title. Gotham is another name for New York City. Fans took umbrage that the video was set in Paris and not the Big Apple.
Some thought the video tease had something to do with the new Batman movie. (It doesn’t). Still others thought the song was off the “Suicide Squad” soundtrack. (It isn’t).
The clip was supposedly shot two years ago in Trocadéro Square for her new album Anti, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Goodnight Gotham” is a bonus track on the deluxe edition.
Rihanna called the scene “the craziest thing” she’s ever done. So it must be real, right?
Check it out below.
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