Review: “Something Bad”
This music video is about Carrie Underwood’s inner thighs and Miranda Lambert’s eyeliner, but if you listen to the lyrics, this is the song’s story:
A woman (Miranda Lambert) is about to get married and she can’t go through with it, so she takes up with another woman (Carrie Underwood). Then, they stay up all night drinking, and can’t remember what happened after that but they are sure it was “somethin bad.”
I mean. It’s not even homoerotic subtext, right? It’s just text. Delicious, sexy text.
So there’s a kind of knee-jerk frustration thing like this is just another Te Amo, playing at lesbian eroticism for $$$ and titillation - but Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are not playing at fucking each other when they perform the song live and in the video. They’re going going full female-friendship. In an interview they gave during their dress rehearsal before the Billboard Awards performance of the song, they are wearing Thelma and Louise T-shirts (Carrie Underwood is Louse, Miranda Lambert is Thelma). It doesn’t feel like they’re pretending the subtext isn’t there, it feels like they don’t know it’s there.
Because they aren’t trying to trick me, I can somehow just enjoy it as a song about queer women, even if they don’t know that’s what they’re singing.