Well, that was quick. Remember the Vanity Fair poll earlier this month that favored Bruce Springsteen to write a new U.S. national anthem? Well, Lana Del Rey has come through. The singer’s nearly eight-minute video for “National Anthem,” released today, is quickly trending on Twitter.
In the retro-flavored video, Del Rey, 26, evokes both Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, while rapper A$AP stands in for President John F. Kennedy. Director Anthony Mandler presents us with a faithful Zapruder-style recreation of Kennedy’s assassination. MTV says that the video is “loaded with both social and political commentary.”
But what does it all mean?
If the LDR "National Anthem" video showed me anything it's that we weren't taught how many blunts JFK smoked and how many snapbacks he owned
— Kadeem! Roper? (@WeirdrowWilson) June 27, 2012
Some fans have found themselves literally overwhelmed by the clip.
Oh my Goddddddddddddd. The music video for "National Anthem" is pure P E R F E C T I O N.
— ♡ CARMEN ♡ (@CarmarSuperstar) June 27, 2012
Others see an ominous fin in the water near John and Jackie’s Hyannis Port speedboat.
A$AP Rocky as JFK? "Money is the reason we exist"? this video may be the point where pop culture has jumped the shark. http://t.co/y1aNWkx6
— AL D (@mfmusic) June 27, 2012