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Taylor Swift Releases The Video For 'Mean' — Is It About Ex-Boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal?

Sat, May 7, 2011 4:23pm EDT by William Earl 17 Comments

She wrote the 2010 song for her critics, but she certainly seems to have enough vitriol to skew her ex in the new video!

Taylor Swift is not a girl you want to mess with. She has written fiery kiss-off songs to exes from Taylor Lautner to Joe Jonas to John Mayer, and it looks like her latest video ‘Mean’ targets her brief relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal!

Taylor, 21, says she wrote the song as a response to critics who didn’t like her music, but the video seems to have a lot of metaphor to a bad relationship — likely with Jake, 30. Primarily, Taylor takes the role of an old-time damsel-in-distress, tied to train tracks by a mustache-twirling bad guy. The lyrics that play over the scene may surprise you:

“You, with your switching sides,
And your walk by lies and your humiliation
You, have pointed out my flaws again,
As if I don’t already see them.
I walk with my head down,
Trying to block you out cause I’ll never impress you
I just wanna feel okay again.”

Hmm. Could “switching sides” refer to Jake being spotted out with Joe’s ex-girlfriend Camilla Belle? Could Taylor “never impress” the older Jake? And “I just wanna feel okay again?” Sounds like she’s trying desperately to move on!

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Taylor a damsel who needs to be saved from the big, bad Jake?

— William Earl

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