If you’ve been watching the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale on Bravo and thought, I wish this show had more pop music, you’re going to love Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato’s “Fall In Line.” Releasing the new duet last week and performing together for the first time at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, the powerhouse pop singers have now debuted a futuristic video that acts both as a warning for what could happen if the patriarchy continues unchecked and a reminder of what is sadly happening in many parts of the world right now.
The video opens with younger versions of Demi and Christina playing happily in a picturesque meadow. The little girls’ time of innocence ends abruptly when uniformed guards take the girls to an underground bunker where they are held as prisoners until adulthood. Their only crime appears to be having been born women.
Forced to sing for the guards and subjected to sexual assault, the pair manage to break free, murdering two guards in the process. It’s a shocking visual, but one that fits perfectly with the message of female empowerment and violent double standards for women in society in “Fall In Line.”
The video is directed by Luke Gilford, who has previously worked with Blood Orange, Madison Beer, and Troye Sivan.
Posting about the new duet on her Instagram account, Aguilera wrote a touching letter about Lovato, saying “I believe our paths were destined to cross and I am so proud to come together from the pasts we’ve overcome; to the strong women we are today! You are truly a GEM, I have immense love and respect for you! You are an inspiration for future young girls of your generation. Beautiful work!”
“Fall In Line” is part of Christina Aguilera’s upcoming tenth studio album Liberation, which is set to be released on June 15. Aguilera is embarking on The Liberation Tour starting September 25 in Miami and so far has listed one Canadian date in Orillia, Ontario on October 11.