Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Taylor Swift announced her album Reputation and released the single Look What You Made Me Do last week. Two days after the song dropped, Tay released the music video and We. Are. LOVING IT. Here are some of the thoughts we had while watching the Look What You Made Me Do music video:
This aesthetic is...different
Opening on a spooky graveyard is a little less Tay Tay and a little more Thriller, but we’re liking this bold turn. Was anyone else expecting Zombie Taylor to sound like the undead when she opened her mouth?
That dollar bill though.
In the scene where Taylor is in a bathtub full of diamonds, a single dollar bill is next to her, representing the dollar she won in her sexual assault case against former DJ David Mueller. We LOVE that the video contains a reference to this, which was a win for sexual assault victims everywhere.
The crowd of identikit women under screens saying SQUAD is a sassy acknowledgement of the way Taylor’s group of friends is often portrayed as underlings she chose, rather than a group of strong women who love each other’s company!
All those past Taylors are *praise hands emoji*
In the video you see a lot of Tay’s past iconic looks, and we thoroughly enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Bedazzled guitar, anyone??
The death/rebirth metaphor is FIRE
Everybody loves a phoenix that rises from the ashes, and we love that Taylor is reclaiming her narrative while simultaneously poking fun at all the shade that has been thrown at her over the years. Why take it lying down when you can produce an aesthetically brilliant, satirical music video about it?
You’ve got to hand it to her – Taylor Swift knows how to send the world into a frenzy, and this video is definitive proof that she not only is aware of what is said about her, she has a sense of humour! We love her, and we cannot wait for the rest of Reputation to drop.
Hanna Sloan is studying a Creative and Professional Writing degree at QUT. She grew up wanting to be either a writer or a professional dancer, or both. Nothing has changed. She is passionate about performance, fashion, and social progress, and is a confirmed #NastyWoman. Hanna is the proud curator of a shoe collection surpassing sixty pairs, and always thought Andie Anderson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' was crazy for not wanting to write about shoes for a living. In her spare time Hanna can be found devouring a book or magazine, watching 'Friends' or asking her parents for Snapchats of the family’s two beagles.