I Do Not Think Ariana Grande's Bunny Ears Are Having Their Intended Effect

Ariana Grande just released an a capella video of her single “Dangerous Woman,” and it’s really beautiful. You won’t notice that, however, because she’s wearing a gigantic pleather bunny mask that makes the entire performance seem like a very extended and subtle satire, which I am almost positive it is not!

Grande, long an inexplicable fan of the cat ear (“Give me a skinny jean, a YSL top, and a cat ear, and we’re good,” Grande has told InStyle, apparently unaware that that is an insane thing to say), recently debuted this bunny headdress in the album art for “Dangerous Woman,” and it did not so much say to me “Dangerous Woman” as it did “Eccentric 11-Year-Old.”

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There is possibly nothing less dangerous than Ariana Grande doing runs in a bunny mask, an effect that does not get more dangerous when she is having a fake mugshot taken:

The adorable daughter of a cartoon superhero who can’t wait to grow up and fight crime? Yes! A deadly and passionate woman who is like, “OMG, whatever, jail”? No!

Why does Ariana Grande do this? No one really knows. Is it cosplay? Is she a tiny alien? Is Republic Records trying to mind control us like in Josie and the Pussycats, but it’s not catching on? Is it that everyone in her inner circle has told her she looks cute in animal ears, and she was like “Wow, you are so right!” and then never, ever took them off, and her friends shrugged helplessly at each other and pledged to be more careful with their compliments in the future?

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Whatever it is, enough is enough.

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Ellie Shechet

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.