Even though she wasn’t in attendance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift pretty much stole the show by debuting her “Look What You Made Me Do” music video. To describe it as epic would simply be an understatement. The 27-year-old pop superstar teamed up with director Joseph Kahn for another visual opus. I never thought they could top “Blank Space,” but this is pretty damn close.
For years, Taylor has been throwing shade at her exes and enemies via songwriting. She’s elevated her game and now doing it through her music videos. Her latest is filled with hidden messages and shade aimed at her critics. I’m sure I probably missed a couple, but here are a few I caught after numerous viewings. Check them out below.
Taylor went full-on zombie at the beginning of the clip. The dress she’s wearing is the same one she wore for “Out Of The Woods,” the last video she filmed for >1989. If it wasn’t clear before, it’s evident the old Taylor is gone for good. The tombstone of Nils Sjoberg is in reference to the pseudonym she used to pen Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s smash, “This Is What You Came For.” The gown in the bottom left is the same one she rocked at the 2014 Met Gala.
All the snake imagery are most likely aimed towards Kim Kardashian and Kanye West regarding their longstanding feud. Kim tweeted a series of snake emojis after leaking audio of a telephone conversation between Kanye and Taylor, pretty much confirming the latter knew about the controversial “Famous” lyrics.
In a 2009 interview, Swift revealed Katy Perry’s “Waking Up In Vegas” was a favorite of hers. The car shown above is similar to the one Katy drove in her Vegas clip. If that wasn’t enough to convince you this scene is about Katy, the short Perry-like wig and Grammy will. Taylor has won 10 Grammys so far while Katy, though nominated a few times, still doesn’t have one.
The bottom left pic depicts Taylor’s past criticisms about streaming music services, while the one on the right references the $1 judgement a judge rewarded her in her counter lawsuit against radio DJ David Mueller who claimed he was fired from his job due to her accusations of being groped by him.
Many have criticized Taylor for her infamous squad and seemingly fake and manufactured friendships. The sea of modelesque women seems to address this.
The crop top worn by Todrick Hall pays homage to the white tank that her ex Tom Hiddleston wore during her Fourth of July party.
The throne she sits on is etched with the iconic line from Julius Caesar, after the emperor learned of Brutus betraying him. This brings me to the tee above that has several of Taylor’s friends written on it. Are we to assume that Lena Dunham, Blake Lively, Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld and others printed on the tee are her real friends, while the ones missing, which were once in her squad, have been kicked out for betraying her?
The image of “new Taylor” standing over all her previous incarnations is my favorite from the clip. The scene at the end when her clones recited criticisms she has received over the years had me cracking me up.
“Stop making that surprised face, it’s so annoying… You can’t possibly be that surprised all the time,” was my favorite with “What’s with that bitch?” and “Whoop, there she goes, playing the victim again” being close runners-up.
Have you watched the video? Did I miss any hidden messages? Weigh in below.
Taylor Swift ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Music Video