Ariana Grande pays tribute to The First Wives Club
Ariana Grande has paid tribute to the 1990s cult film The First Wives Club as she performed her new single “Thank U, Next” on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Wednesday (November 7).
The “God is a Woman” artist performed her latest single, sharing the stage with singers Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx.
The three dressed in white to echo the iconic final scene in The First Wives Club, when Goldie Hawn’s Elise, Bette Midler’s Brenda and Diane Keaton’s Annie break out singing the female empowerment anthem “You Don’t Own Me.”
The performance mimicked the film’s choreography, including the part when Elise steps on a chair. Grande, doing the same move in high heeled boots, tripped as she stepped down, letting out an “Oh, my God” and a laugh as she sang.
Gay Twitter is loving Ariana Grande’s tribute to The First Wives Club
Gay Twitter loved Ariana Grande’s tribute to The First Wives Club, reacting to the performance on social media.
“I’m living for the fact that you love the First Wives Club as much as my gay ass do #Queen #Legend,” one user tweeted.
“Oh my god Ariana Grande was referencing The First Wives club on Ellen I’m…..I love this this is specifically for my kind of gay,” another one wrote.
“Ariana Grande is the gays queen,” another simply proclaimed.
“Ariana is living my best gay life,” one person wrote, sharing a clip of Ariana’s rocking out to The First Wives Club dance.
The critics loved it, too. “Ariana Grande recreating The First Wives Club finale scene killed me, then brought me back to life as an even gayer version of myself,” tweeted Chris Harnick, East Coast TV Editor for E! News.
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Kevin Fallon, senior entertainment reporter for The Daily Beast, wrote “Ariana Grande doing the First Wives Club choreography” as the caption to a gif reading: “I’m gonna give the gays everything they want.”
Ariana has been vocal about her love for The First Wives Club in the past. “To Wong Foo and First Wives Club are tied for the greatest movie ever in my book,” she once wrote on Twitter in 2014.
The First Wives Club was first released in 1996 and has since become a favourite among LGBT+ viewers. A TV series based on the film classic is expected to be released in 2019, while Netflix promised in 2015 to reunite Midler, Hawn and Keaton for a new film, Divanation.