The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye proves he just can’t get it right in the love department in his “Belong To The World” video.
Abel Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd, just released another new video, which he’s very good at considering he’s dropped almost a video a month since 2013 began. This latest clip is “Belong To The World,” and it revisits two oft-tread Weeknd tropes: 1.) a crushing psychological fear of falling, and, even worse staying in love; and 2.) an ostensible Asian fetish. See, his antecedent video, “Kiss Land,” the title track of his upcoming album, landed him in Japan, where he visited the type of “gentleman’s club” where two’s a party, three’s a wee bit cramped, and four’s a straight-up sex fest. (Not necessarily the first place I’d visit if I took a trip to Japan, but I’m more of a “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi” girl than I am the triple-dose-of-boobs type.)
Watch The Weeknd’s “Belong To The World” video after the jump.
Unsurprisingly, it appears Abel was powerless to resist falling in love with a stripper (err… potentially imprisoned modern dancer?) because the Anthony Mandler-directed “Belong To The World” video has Abel hopping another airliner back to Asia, where he joins the ranks of an eerily “Hunger Games”-esque futuristic army of identically dressed men who may or may not be under the influence of a totalitarian Stalinist regime. (Spoiler alert: There’s a lot of opacity.) Regardless, they’ve all got their sights set on the same woman. The very same woman who taught Abel to love. Like, when is he gonna stop looking for love in all the wrong places (sex clubs/ Adderall bottles, boob parades), and just get on OkCupid already and find a normie girl who just wants to, like, be domesticated, monogamous and go to a Mets game once in a while? OK, probably never, so just watch, and enjoy more of The Weeknd’s signature sexistential bedroom soundtrack — you know, the kind more likely to result in crying alone under a blanket than a sunny morning-after brunch.
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