Don’t you know your queen? For Rita Ora, the answer seems to be a resounding “no.” The elusive British pop star who made her return to music this month is courting controversy with the video for her new single “Your Song.” In the opening shot, the TV host and fan favorite of the Who Weekly podcast about D-list celebrities is seen in an oversized, 80s-inspired business suit alongside a gaggle of guys dressed in enough plain business suits to fill a Men’s Warehouse catalogue. She jumps on the table, turns it into a catwalk, and slides down the length of the table while confronting the men. She then proceeds to launch herself off a ledge.
It looks edgy and fun, but it also looks like a tame version of the same scene Perfume Genius created for his 2014 single “Queen.” At the 2:30 mark in that particular video (which you can watch below), singer Mike Hadreas is outfitted in a gloriously oversized 80s business suit alongside a gaggle of guys dressed in enough plain business suits to fill a Men’s Warehouse catalogue. He jumps on the table, turns it into a catwalk, and slides down the length of the table while confronting the men. He then proceeds to launch himself off a ledge.
To be fair, the scenes do have notable differences. In the Perfume Genius video, the business men are eating jumbo shrimp and Hadreas is serving full queer looks, while Ora is tasked with confronting business men in front of their laptops and is not serving businesswoman fish like Hadreas did.
There’s been no official word from Ora yet about the similarities, but Hadreas did take to Twitter to give a subtle “side eye” emoji when the drama was brought to his attention. We can only hope that this will all end in a big gay lip-sync battle set in another 80s-inspired boardroom.