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Twitter says ‘thank u, next’ to this rapper’s Ariana Grande cover

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While Ariana Grande may have been petty timing the release of her latest song, dropping it just 30 minutes before her ex Pete Davidson appeared on Saturday Night Live, most fans agree “thank u, next” isn’t a diss track. With lyrics like “I’m so fucking grateful for my ex,” the song celebrates self-love even after the pain of a breakup, detailing how every relationship lost can be a chance to grow if you let it be. It’s a true lesson in maturity amid all the drama we’re used to in celebrity culture.

Unfortunately, not everyone who heard the song came away with such a positive message. Izzy (@_izzyofficial), an aspiring rapper from California, tweeted at Grande with his own rendition of her break-up anthem on Wednesday.

“Shout out to all my fellas out there that got an ex-girlfriend that’s been singing this song just a tad bit too loud lately,” he begins before launching into a cover about how women who blame their boyfriends for breakups are really at fault themselves.

The fact that Grande didn’t actually blame any of the men mentioned in “thank u, next” seemed to elude him.

His lyrics include, “It’s funny how you make it seem like I’m the bad guy when in reality you couldn’t get your act right” and “I really feel bad for the one you choose to be in next, because you the real definition of a devil in a dress.” For the chorus, he sang simply, “Fuck my ex.”

People on Twitter were not amused.

https://twitter.com/SUNPRlNCE/status/1062932949614510080

As the video racked up more than 600,000 views, Izzy responded in a tweet later that day to clarify that his cover was specifically about his ex-girlfriend. But the explanation didn’t blow over well, especially since he ended his tweet with: “If you’re MAD mad: You’re probably a female, and that video wasn’t for you.”

Izzy followed up again on Thursday with a video formally apologizing. He said he realized “thank u, next” had a positive message but was trying to point out that some girls who sang the song “a little too loudly” may have ex-boyfriends who are more innocent than their explanations for the breakup would imply.

“I mean no harm, I mean no negativity. I’m just an artist trying to come up,” Izzy said, adding that, hey, even negative publicity is good publicity to an aspiring artist.

Alyse Stanley

Alyse Stanley

Alyse Stanley is a video game and culture reporter based in Virginia with words at Polygon and USGamer. When she’s not writing about memes, she edits Unwinnable’s monthly magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @pithyalyse.