In the short clip celebrating The Force Awakens, Grande kicks back while two sloshed aliens argue over whether Greedo or Han Solo fired first at the cantina on Mos Eisley. “Ugh, God, you’re both wrong,” Grande finally butts in. “Han didn’t shoot first because Greedo never fired off a shot in the first place. Han shot, Greedo died, end of story!”
Greedo’s problem, as Grande explains, was that he was too busy yakking to save himself. The pop star then demonstrates exactly what she means, by discreetly pulling the trigger of her blaster and leaving the two goons smoking in the booth as she walks off.
The “Who Shot First?” video was written and directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, a go-to music video director who previously worked with Grande on the clips for “Break Free” and her Christmas track, “Santa Tell Me.”
“Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?'” the filmmaker told The Washington Post. “Because I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.”