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Ariana Grande pays tribute to Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods in ‘thank u, next’ music video

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Singing superstar reveals she tweaked iconic ‘bend and snap’ to avoid being sued

📷 YouTube (Ariana Grande — thank u, next)

Pop star sensation Ariana Grande has released her eagerly awaited thank u, next music video, and legally-minded fans won’t be disappointed.

In the five-and-a-half-minute clip, the American singer-songwriter pays homage to a number of classic noughties films by dressing up as high-school queen bee Regina George from hit chick flick Mean Girls, gawky teen Jenna Rink from 13 going on 30 and of course, the whimsical Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.

The music video (embedded below), which has since garnered 89 million views on YouTube and broke the video giant’s record for most views in 24 hours, sees Grande dolled up in head to toe pink and recline on a lounger whilst studying law with her pet pooch. She goes on to recreate the classic nail salon scene, which even features a cameo from the movie’s nail technician Paulette Bonafonté (played by Jennifer Coolidge), before taking to the floor to perform the iconic ‘bend and snap’.

It appears the scene was Elle Woods-approved. On Twitter, Reese Witherspoon, who plays the ditzy blonde in the movie, wrote: “Can we please talk about @ArianaGrande’s Bend and Snap?! 10/10 nailed it! 💖🙌🏼 #thankunext”. Grande then revealed that she had to execute the iconic move a little differently than it was done in the film to avoid being sued.

The self-love anthem is a bittersweet ode to Grande’s old flames, including comedian and actor Pete Davidson and the late American rapper Mac Miller, who died of an accidental drug overdose earlier this year.

A cult classic among law students, Legally Blonde follows the exploits of Elle Woods at Harvard Law School. A 2003 sequel to the comedy sees Elle travel to Washington DC on a mission to ban animal testing. A third instalment is apparently in the wings.

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17 Comments

Anonymous

Have some respect for yourself Aishah. Do something else, literally anything else. This wasn’t worth the energy used to type it out.

Anonymous

This article used to fall to KK.

Pogo

have some respect for yourself…your comment isn’t worth the energy used for typing it out!

Anonymous

Eagerly awaited?

Anonymous

You ever get that really uncomfortable cringey feeling when you watch something embarrassing happen on a TV show and you just have to close your eyes and look away? That is how I felt reading this article.

JD Partner

Someone send her a TC!

Anonymous

Is this really Legal journalism worthy? Or, dare I say it, even LC worthy? New low.

Anon

Didn’t realise I was reading the Sun.

Anonymous

Literally the most remote passing link to law and it ends up on LC

White & Case trainee

I think many of you stuck up Legal Cheek audiences forget that this is LEGAL CHEEK! EMPHASIS ON THE CHEEK.

IF YOU WANT SERIOUS LEGAL NEWS GO TO LEGAL WEEK! OR LEGAL500!

Thanks 🙂

Anonymous

We’re not necessarily asking for serious legal news, but something remotely relevant would be nice.

Anonymous

Sorry Alex.

BPP LUN

WHERE IS MY COFFEE YOU PEASANT?

Anonymous

I’ll bend you over and spank your legal cheeks.

Anonymous

Calm down Dick-fart

Ms Wood

Why does everyone seem surprised by this article. There are literally 3 articles dedicated to Elle Woods published by LC in the related stories.

YourBiggestFan

Do you call this journalism? Do you want a serious career in the law? Are you content with being a laughing stock? Even KK would not have published such drivel.

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