Selena Gomez’s sultry new song stirs a social media backlash

Another celebrity on social media is not a fan of 'Good For You.'


Published Jul 8, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 9:52 am CDT

Selena Gomez has a certified pop hit on her hands. Her new song “Good For You” landed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart this past week— her first No 1. But a high-profile detractor doesn’t like the traditional values reinforced by the sultry new single, and he’s led the social-media backlash. 

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“Good For You” is the first single to be released from Gomez’s upcoming album, and it’s sold 178,000 copies. It’s also listed as No. 7 on iTunes Top Songs, as of Wednesday afternoon. 

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The music video for the song (which Gomez called “very performance-based”) debuted one week ago. It has 26,873,860 views on YouTube.

“I feel like the way I performed it, the way the story kind of unfolds… it’s my, my story,” Gomez said in a behind-the-scenes video.

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“It’s how a woman feels when they wake up in the morning,” Gomez added. “When their hair is wet and when they’re in a white T-shirt. Things that make women feel sexy and feel beautiful.” 

Gomez also said the song marks a personal transition: “The combination of it being a sexy song and feeling like a sexy young woman. I am becoming a young woman… A lot of who I am and who I think people kind of see me as are kind of different. It’s nice to kind of step into womanhood and I think that’s what this video represents.”

The two co-writers, Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, also chimed in on the meaning behind the song.

“Whether you’re a man or a woman, masculine or feminine, there’s something so passionate about like wanting to look good for the person that you love,” Tranter said in the same behind-the-scenes video.

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Though the song has been successful since its release, “Good For You” is not without its critics. In his Snapchat story, Frankie Grande (YouTube star and Ariana’s older half-brother) called the singer out. Listening to “Good For You” in the car, the caption reads “how about look good 4 URSELF?”

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He later followed up with a tweet and an Instagram post on the subject, telling his followers to “Shine bright like a you.”

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Since Grande’s criticisms have surfaced, “Selenators” and others have taken to Twitter to defend both Gomez and the song.

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Amid the backlash, there are also those who praise Grande for his comments.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, Gomez hasn’t responded to the criticism.

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Screengrab via SelenaGomezVEVO/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 8, 2015, 7:08 pm CDT