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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Madonna Quotes 'Pulp Fiction' In Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' Video #MMBMUSIC

There's a moment in Ariana Grande's video for her empowering new track "God Is A Woman" where the music cuts out and a booming female voice starts speaking. The voice does not belong to Ariana, but she mouths along to the monologue, breaking the fourth wall by looking directly at the camera. For many, there will be something strangely familiar about these words. You might feel like you've heard this passage before. If you haven't seen the video yet, here's the full text from this moment which comes at the 2:24 second mark:

And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my sisters. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

The passage comes from the bible, - which makes sense considering the religious imagery in both Ariana's lyrics and the music video - it's Ezekiel 25:17. Ari made one tweak to the quote, though, changing the word "brothers" from the original text to "sisters" for her video. This quote was made famous when Samuel L. Jackson quoted it in the film Pulp Fiction during a memorable scene. 

The other mystery about this moment in the "God is a Woman" video is who is actually speaking? It's not Ariana Grande and it's definitely not Samuel L. Jackson, so, who is it? An Ariana Grande fan account confirmed that it's actually Madonna's voice we hear during the video. This is another perfect fit for the "God is a Woman" video because of the religious and societal association with the word Madonna. 

After watching "God is a Woman" approximately 532365723 times, there's still so much to unpack. Between the symbolism, the lyrics, the screaming gophers (yes, the screaming gophers), Ariana Grande has created something special with this video. It's no wonder the song makes Ariana cry every time she listens to it - it's that powerful. 

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