The One Thing You Never Realized About Christina Aguilera’s “I Turn To You” Video

Okay more than one thing.

1. I want to talk about Christina Aguilera’s music video for “I Turn To You” because I never realized it’s an anthem for moms and frantic teens and this is an important cultural artifact because this is before Bionic destroyed her career.

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2. And you know this video. It’s Christina in this blown-out background being all dramatic with her hands and face and everything.

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3. And she walks down the street in the rain with an umbrella. Typical Christina basic bullshit.

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4. But did you ever realize there’s a separate storyline about a frantic teen being waaay overdramatic about a little accident and her mom giving her warm tea? Because it is.

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5. These lyrics are about a mom! A mom!

For a shield from the storm,
For a friend, for a love
to keep me safe and warm
I turn to you.
For the strength to be strong,
For the will to carry on
For everything you do,
for everything that’s true
I turn to you.

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Let’s recap. The following are actual gifs from the music video.

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6. So here’s the hero. Mom. Let’s call her Bev. Bev is worried about her daughter. Let’s call her daughter Candy.

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7. Candy is driving around being a dramatic teen when she gets hit by a car.

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8. “Shit.”

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9. “Mom is gonna killlll me!!!!”

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10. Bev gets a phone call.

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11. Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera is in a small town walking in the middle of traffic.

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12. “Here’s a giant white towel. This will protect you from the pouring rain.”

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13. It doesn’t work.

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14. So then Bev shows up…

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15. … Candy loses her mind.

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16. And Christina is still walking in the goddamn traffic.

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17. Christina is now on a roof.

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18. Candy is driven home. She recaps the accident to Bev.

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19. Bev speaks: “Oh lookie here my Candy girl. Here’s a cup of warm tea to soothe ye’ mood.”

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20. Candy laughs because she realizes she’s just a really bad driver and an overdramatic puffy teen.

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21. Then more shots of Christina being over-singery/dramatic.

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22. She’s back on that roof.

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23. Candy and Bev embrace. Candy’s hair is permanently wet. It’s a teen thing.

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24. And here’s a bonus gif of Christina petting a dove.

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