Using one part high action sci-fi, one part Wizard of Oz and a dash of fishnet arm stockings, Kelly Clarkson taps into some of the icons of outsider angst for her latest music video, “People Like Us.”
The video opens (and thankfully quickly pans through) an ill-advised close of up Clarkson’s mouth — and then cuts to her at the center of a team of black & white scientists who appear to be keeping individual observation charts on a young girl. The group are in a Ray Bradbury-esque near-future medical deck, actually not so different from the style of sets you could find on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Or almost any alien invasion movie set aboard a space cruiser.
For her singing shots, Clarkson dons a bright blue v-neck that’s sleeveless but heavy on the shoulder pads with full-length fishnet arm stockings and a tight ponytail that evokes the style of a kinder, softer Mad Max character but a tougher look than normal for Clarkson.