i think the symbolism of the snake is more about taylor reclaiming her identity rather than engaging in petty drama. she purged her social media accounts (like a snake sheds its skin for a new beginning/rebirth) and she’s fighting back against the narrative that was built up against her last year. i don’t think the snake is meant to be a giant middle finger to the kimye situation specifically. i think this is taylor’s empowerment coming back full force, much like in her “you don’t like who i am? watch me be who i am even more” mantra she expressed throughout the 1989 era.
you want to call me a snake? fine, i’m a snake. watch me strike.