Thursday, October 19, 2017

The 4 Types of Crazy as told by the Season 3 Crazy Ex Girlfriend Theme Song

"You do (don't) want to be crazy": The new theme song for Season 3 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend is out and I have a lot of thoughts. You can watch the new theme song on E's website by clicking here.

At first, I didn't really understand the video. I was just like Rebecca in the last few seconds of the video. "What?" did I just see?

But then I realized - oh wait, this video is showing the four types of crazy in pop music. Let's go through them one by one.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Theme Song Before He CheatsCrazy In Revenge: Here Rebecca destroys a car with a baseball bat just like Carrie Underwood's music video for "Before He Cheats." This is also reflective of Rebecca's state in the first few episodes of this season (before she, inevitably, learns that you can't ever really get revenge on someone who has harmed you). Some examples of this trope, off the top of my head, are Beyonce's "Hold Up" music video, Taylor Swift's"Look What You Made Me Do" and "Blank Space" music  videos.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Theme Song Crazy In Love
Crazy In Love: Here Rebecca looks longingly at the mirror talking about being how crazy in love she is. This trope comes up a lot as well; there are so many songs that mention how falling in love makes them crazy. Some examples: Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," Taylor Swift's "Crazier," even Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy." I feel like the dress reminds me of Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" but the lyrical content is not a  match when it comes to that song.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Theme Song Crazy In Bed

Crazy In Bed: This one is the first from a male's perspective. I don't really know the inspiration for this setting and wardrobe. The only example I can think of off the back of my head is Harry Style's "Kiwi" - "She's driving me crazy, but I'm into it, but I'm into it I'm kinda into it."

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Theme Song EminemCrazy In a Relationship: So many men describe their ex-girlfriend as being crazy after the relationship has ended. I usually think they are exaggerating to feed their big egos. This part is inspired from Eminem because he has written a lot of misogynistic songs about women.

Something I just realized - when I was writing about the male perspective songs, it was harder for me to come up with song examples; maybe because I can't relate to those perspectives as much as the female ones.

Another thing that jumped out at me when I watched this video was that it reminded me of Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" video where at the end, you see all these different versions of Taylor Swift. Here, you see Rebecca in all sorts of different costumes and versions. And then I laughed to myself thinking "WOW, I can't believe Crazy Ex Girlfriend parodied LWYMMD months before that music video came out." (I assumed they made this video before LWYMMD but I can't be sure). 

And then I was thinking WOW, LWYMMD is from the perspective of a crazy person so it makes sense Crazy Ex GF would naturally incorporate those elements. BUT THEN...


I was shook. Maybe it's just Joesph Kahn's trademark to have the duplicates of the singer talking to each other for comedy?

PS: I love Taylor Swift. But I have to believe LWYMMD cannot be a premise that is played straight.

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  1. The blue dress and mirror remind me of Katy Perry wide awake video.

    1. Your comment made me re-watch the music video and I see it! Thanks for adding to the discussion!