Selena Gomez Fails At Making Us Believe She’s The White Stripes

Becky Bain | December 9, 2009 5:41 pm

Where oh where have we seen the angular red-black-and-white motif from Selena Gomez and The Scene’s video for “Naturally”? Selena mines the same aesthetic vein as Rihanna, borrowing liberally from The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” for the video for the second single off her Kiss & Tell album. And yes, we’re still just a little shocked when a tween actor-turned-singer steals a rock group’s style.

Check below for the all-too familiar clip by of The Wizards of Waverley Place star and her backup band, (sorry, no former Prince collaborators were available this time, they’re busy lending cred to another Disney star):

Everything else might “come naturally when you’re with me, baby”—but Selena coming off as a sophisticated dance-pop queen? No. Even with the psychedelic visuals distracting/tearing our corneas, this comes out looking forced. As for the song, it’s a sweet, if forgettable, taste of the bouncy, Go-Go’s-inflected vibe (well, more than inflected — ex-Go-Go drummer Gina Schock lent her talents to the album) that Gomez is aiming for in her pursuit of Cyrussian success. It’s going to take more than this.