“God, it’s brutal out here.”
On Monday, Olivia Rodrigo dropped the latest music video from her debut album Sour, for the opening track “Brutal”.
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brutal music vid out now!!!! had so much fun making this with my genius friend Petra Collins and I’m so stoked it’s out in the world!!!! hope u love! 🦋💖❤️🥺🩰 pic.twitter.com/a60UxdnGr5
— Olivia Rodrigo (@Olivia_Rodrigo) August 23, 2021
The video opens with an arcade-style version of the song’s melody, over what looks like a video game screen prompting to “choose your player.”
Rodrigo is then seen in a number of high school-related settings, dressed in different punk outfits and hairdos, giving the video a riot grrrl vibe.
The singer’s face also features animated, social media-style filters over her face, including one that makes it look like she is crying anime tears.
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Fans on Twitter immediately started dissecting the video for influences.
Miranda Sanchez's influence in the new Olivia Rodrigo video tho pic.twitter.com/C2tvhCRFUd
— Ashley Reese (@offbeatorbit) August 23, 2021
the olivia rodrigo cinematic universe is unmatched. pic.twitter.com/ag0BGRPsDd
— vee (@livrgo) August 23, 2021
Olivia Rodrigo’s Brutal music video giving off major XS by @rinasawayama vibes. Anyone else? pic.twitter.com/OUlSXA0FD1
— Charlie Meredith (@chalarlie) August 23, 2021