Taylor Swift on the media | January 2016 | Grammy Museum
“it got pretty out of control there for a couple of years. Every
article was like ‘taylor swift standing next to some guy– watch out guy!’.
Every single article had these descriptions of my personality that were very
different from my actual personality. My first reaction was ‘man that’s a
bummer, this isn’t fun for me’. But my second reaction ended up being ‘hey, that’s
actually an interesting character they’re writing about… like she jets sets
around the world, collecting men and she can get any of them but she’s so
clingy that they leave and then she cries in her marble bathtub surrounded
by pearls’”. X
With the release of the video for “Look What You Made Me Do”, people have been noticing some… Things.
It all started with people hinting that the albums release date for November 10th was a subtle reference to the anniversary of the passing of Kanye West’s mother, Donda West. Although Taylor’s publicists insist it’s all a coincidence, some fans aren’t buying it.
Later on at the VMA awards, Swift unveiled the video and publicly released it to YouTube, where more “coincidences” were quickly called out. The first being when Swift lies in a bathtub full of jewelry, admiring her ring while singing the line “I don’t like your perfect crime”, which many people thought was a nod towards Kim Kardashian’s 2016 robbery, where she was gagged, put in a bathtub, and held at gunpoint while her jewelry was stolen.
Although it’s supposed to be a reference to a quote from Swift, talking about her character in her last album who “jet sets around the world collecting men”, gets left, and sits “crying in a bathtub full of pearls”, many people still think it has a double meaning.
Soon after that scene, Taylor cuts in with a scene depicting a car crash, with the car door opening to reveal Swift lying back in her seat holding a Grammy award. This is almost unquestionably a reference to Kanye West’s violent 2002 car accident(the same year that he won a Grammy), where he nearly died, was put in the hospital with severe injuries, and had to have his jaw rewired. What’s more is that this scene is furthered by the fact that later in the video, the same car explodes as she walks away from it. I wonder if she’s telling Kanye to crash and burn?
Finally, Swift is seen in the video holding a chainsaw on top of the wing of a jet airliner. She saws off the wing, and it falls to the ground, where later the same jet is seen in full view behind her and her alter-egos. In that shot, it appears that the jet in the video is also the same as Kanye West’s private jet, just painted gold. Once again, she’s subtly sending the message that she wants Kanye to crash and burn.
Even though some people think he deserves the drag because of his video for “Famous”, in which he showed a nude figure of Taylor Swift in his bed, calling her “that bitch” and saying “I still might f*ck Taylor”, others think she’s gone a bit too far in response, especially because of the mention of the robbery and hinting towards the anniversary of the death of Donda West.
All of that aside, it’s hard to find the humour in someone mocking someone else’s near-death experience, violent robbery, and possibly someone’s mother’s death, as well as numerous fans speculating that she’s copying Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and “Formation” in several scenes.
When you consider that her problem with the Kardashian/West family is over a speech interruption, video gone wrong(that she apparently knew about beforehand), and a lyrical disagreement, it becomes clear that she’s gone a bit too far in mocking their robbery, violent car accident that nearly resulted in death, and tragic death of Kanye’s mother post-surgery, all for a video.
But hey, she broke the Vevo record.