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Watch Rina Sawayama outrage public decency in the fabulously OTT video for This Hell

Rina Sawayama This Hell video
(Image credit: Dirty Hit)

Rina Sawayama has unveiled the video for her recent single This Hell, and it's a fabulously over-the-top affair, in which the Japanese-born, London-raised singer outrages religious crusaders by staging her own wedding.

Ignoring the haters, who bear placards with messages such as 'YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN', 'YOU'RE GOING TO HELL', the Kelis-referencing 'I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW' and 'I'M SO ANGRY I MADE A SIGN', Sawayama walks up the aisle in white cowboy boots, white shorts and a white corset, with two dancers holding up her outfit's train. 

The action later shifts to a nightclub setting, where the pop stars leads friends in a spot of synchronised line dancing and suggests that "Satan's looking thirsty".

Another choice lyric in the song runs:

"Turns out I’m going to hell
If I keep on being myself
Don’t know what I did
But they seem pretty mad about it
God hates us? Alright then!
Buckle up at dawn we’re riding
"

Speaking about the track, Sawayama says, “It’s an important song for me given the human rights that are being taken away from minorities at a rapid rate in the name of traditional religious beliefs, more specifically I was thinking about the rights being taken away from the LGBTQ community when I wrote this song. When the world tells us we don’t deserve love and protection, we have no choice but to give love and protection to each other.”

Watch the video below:

Sawayama's second album, Hold The Girl, will be released via Dirty Hit on September 2.

Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.