Unlike the mind-boggling and heart-stopping sight of P!nk singing the song while rappelling down the side of a hotel, 34 stories from the ground at the recently-concluded American Music Awards (AMA), the newly-released music video for “Beautiful Trauma” is a surprisingly hilarious depiction of a married couple’s power dynamics.
The single is the title track off of P!nk’s latest, 13-song album released in early October.
Set in the 1950s, the American singer, along with Hollywood actor Channing Tatum, pays homage to the lead characters of an American comedy film Roxie Hart as Fred and Ginger Hart. The video starts off conventionally, at least according to the time setting, with P!nk serving her husband by cooking for him and ironing his clothes. The couple can also be seen dancing old-school-style dressed in colorful outfits in equally bright-colored backdrops.
It turns out, however, that Ginger isn’t a good housewife, burning both her husband’s breakfast and his shirt. The couple cross-dresses midway, most likely signifying fluidity in gender-expected roles. She later discovers Fred putting on one of her dresses before helping him with his lipstick. This also inspires Ginger to put on a black suit as they dance in their living room.
The mood makes a complete turn-around when the singer cross-dresses for a sadomasochistic-ish routine, portraying dominance over Tatum, whose hands and legs are tied up.
Directed and choreographed by Nick Florez and RJ Durell — collectively called Golden Boyz — the video can be easily mistaken for a movie complete with funny outtakes as the credits roll, if it weren’t only five minutes long.
P!nk, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, rose to global fame for her astonishing vocals and even more spectacular performances. Before her death-defying AMA set, she also sang at the 2010 Grammy Awards night in a high-flying trapeze act while hanging from the ceiling of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Some of her hits include “So What,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “Try,” and “Just Give Me A Reason.”
Watch the full music video here:
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