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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

8. “Shit.”

9. “Mom is gonna killlll me!!!!”

10. Bev gets a phone call.

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

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

13. It doesn’t work.

14. So then Bev shows up…

15. … Candy loses her mind.

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

17. Christina is now on a roof.

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

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

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

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

22. She’s back on that roof.

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


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

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