Last month Senhit kicked off her #FreakyTripToRotterdam with a cover of Teo’s Eurovision 2014 entry “Cheesecake”. This month her trip continues with a cover of Sertab Erener’s Eurovision 2003 winning song, “Everyway That I Can”. And again Senhit has delivered music video full of both style and social commentary.
Senhit’s new freaky adventure offers a critique of Hollywood. The video pulls no punches from the get-go, opening with a quote from Marilyn Monroe: “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”
The Freaky Queen adopts a number of different looks in the video, including a blonde bombshell, evoking Ms Monroe herself. She’s also joined by a number of elderly people, dressed as Hollywood versions of fairytale characters.
But Senhit isn’t leaving it at that. She serves Playboy Mansion realness by dressing as magazine publisher Hugh Hefner, complete with his iconic dressing gown. But it’s never quite that simple. As the video progresses, Senhit takes off the robe to reveal she’s wearing an army uniform, evoking Charlie Chaplin’s character in the classic 1940 film The Great Dictator — itself a satire of Adolf Hitler and Nazism.
The video also stars two glamorous plus-size Playboy bunnies and two bog-standard scantily-clad hot guys, as well as an Oriental-style dancer wearing a headpiece saying “5G” because, well, it’s 2020. It’s a credit to the video makers that the hot guys are the least interesting characters in the video.
The video ends with a message reminding viewers of discrimination still exists against “someone who is gay, of colour, or of another religion”.
The video mixes style, humour and social commentary to create another aural and visual artwork.
Senhit described each of her #FreakyTripToRotterdam videos as “a provocation”. She explained, “we want not only to amaze those who follow us but also to inspire a reflection. In this case I have played various characters, from Marilyn Monroe to Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator”. I have observed the characters of fairytales that tells us as children with a new disenchantment, I wore the iconic dressing-gown of Hugh Hefner to condemn the body shaming. In this glossy world we have to do “Everyway That I Can” to regain the freedom to be ourselves.”
As with the “Cheesecake” video, the “Everyway That I Can” video was directed by Senhit’s creative partner Luca Tommassini. He describes the video as “a reflection on the image of democracy and equality behind which our society is hiding, where too often we allow those who discriminate to walk with their heads held high.”
He goes onto explain, “We are in a Hollywood that cries showing its vulnerability and flaws. The American Dream of Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, the tales that are told to us as children, the idolatry towards Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion are shown for what they are: dictatorships of a perfect image to pursue.”
Senhit will represent San Marino at Eurovision 2021.