Brothers Osborne set a new bar in country music videos with their mini-movie for “Ain’t My Fault.” The video, directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver, doubles as an homage to the 1991 action film Point Break and as a slice of pointed political commentary.
Singer TJ Osborne and guitarist John Osborne are barely in the video, appearing only in the set-up as the operators of a pawn shop – a nod to the title of their debut album – that is robbed by four bandits, all wearing Halloween masks of U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
A cops-and-robbers chase breaks out, with the politicians splitting up. Obama unsuccessfully tries to hide in the home of a gun-toting couch potato, while Trump seeks refuge in an African-American church, where he tries to pilfer from the collection plate. He eventually ends up at a fiery protest, which he escapes by throwing money at the violent masses.
But his freedom is short-lived. While vacation-mode Obama makes a great escape on a jet-ski, and Clinton is saved by Hillary on a motorcycle, Trump finds himself trapped – fittingly – by an imposing wall.
Trump and his wall are just the most obvious example of political commentary. Each presidential bandit also exposes some of their inspiration’s personalities: Bill Clinton is distracted from his flight by a hot blonde, while Dubya speeds away in a pickup with his money flying behind him from the bag he failed to zip.
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It’s the lyrics to “Ain’t My Fault” that tell the most clear story, however. Listen closely to the song at the 1:59 and 3:10 marks in the video as TJ sings, “You made a mistake / you got the wrong guy” and the camera settles deliberately on a hollowed-eyed President Trump.