Janelle Monáe Breaks The Internet With Music Video “Pynk”

The song itself is smooth yet defiant.

Janelle Monáe has been breaking the internet left and right with every single new music video that she releases. Yesterday every single person was going wild for her latest song “PYNK” which is all about pussy and women empowerment. All of these videos are leading up to her yet to be release album “Dirty Computer” on April 27, which I can already tell is going to be a true blessing to queer and Black women alike.

As Monáe sings to the screen “pink, like the inside of your [wink], baby,” or “the tongue going down, maybe” she’s surrounded by women and every beautiful shade of pink your eyes have ever soaked in. Monáe has described the video as “a brash celebration of creation. self love. sexuality. and pussy power! PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere…”

The song itself is smooth yet defiant — it has Monáe’s usual style with a slowed down tempo and impactful lyrics to jam out to. A feminist anthem, if you will! This strong theme follows “Django Jane,” where she made strong representation for Black femininity and “Make Me Feel,” where she subtly came out as bisexual dancing alongside Tessa Thompson and a male partner. Thompson appeared yet again in “PYNK” very suddenly as her head pops out between Monáe’s pussy-pant-clad legs with a coy smile on her face, as she’s clearly representing the clit.

After the release of the video, Thompson also tweeted an important recognition that she has her ears open for all “Black girls that need a monologue that don’t have vaginas.”

With the valid critiques of pussy hats and pussy power movements needing to be more inclusive of trans women, this comment from Thompson is vital and so heartwarming. Women and gender nonconforming folx who have pussies and want to reclaim our pussy power, definitely can do so while also not leaving behind trans women or other folx who maybe don’t identify with having pussies.

Tessa Thompson appearing in “PYNK”

Monáe is definitely onto something with this video — the color pink is so ~in your face~ about femmeness, sisterhood, empowered sexuality and pleasure. There is nothing shy about the bright shades of pink she’s bringing to the world through her art. While women’s bodies are constantly objectified by men (our very own President, for example), Monáe creating a video that invites reclamation and empowerment in our own pleasure and bodies is a tender message. And it’s definitely a queer message.

As we near closer to the release of Monáe’s full album on April 27 — I can only hope that her and Thompson continue to collaborate and maybe actually make a public statement about their beautiful relationship (which seems to be v romantic, at this point). The power feminist duo is taking names and storming the internet with a positive message for young girls everywhere.