Okay ladies now let’s get…’Reputation’? Fans are claiming Taylor Swift borrowed visuals from Beyonce’s iconic ‘Formation’ video in the sneak peek of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. Do you agree?
Taylor Swift, 27, basically broke the internet on August 25 when she released her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do” and a sneak peek of the video on the same day. The glimpse of her upcoming video (which will premiere at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 27) was brief, but revealed some key scenes from the highly-anticipated clip. Fans noticed that there were a few callbacks to her other music videos over the years, like a scene where she eats diamonds with wide eyes — a total “Blank Space” reference. So cool!
What wasn’t cool, at least to some fans, is that a blink-and-you’ll-miss it scene in the preview clip looked an awful lot like it was influenced by someone else, instead of Taylor’s previous work. Doesn’t that scene where Taylor’s standing tall with an army of backup dancers behind her remind you of Beyonce‘s “Formation” music video? Needless to say, the Beyhive and just other baffled citizens of the internet are pointing out the similarities, some claiming that Taylor totally ripped off Beyonce’s powerful work. They have a strong case here — Taylor and her crew are standing, well, in formation in an ornate mansion (the same house from “Blank Space”, actually), and they’re all in black.
It’s a definite homage, whether Taylor meant it or not. People flocked online to mock Taylor for her new clip, mostly commenting on her vanilla-ness and how funny they think it is for her to compete with Queen Bey:
"My daddy Pennsylvania,
momma from Pennsylvania,
You mix that Pennsyl with a Vania I am from Pennylvaniaaaa" pic.twitter.com/uJZ2K9fJX7
— Marcia Belsky (@MarciaBelsky) August 25, 2017
"Okay ladies now let's gentrification." pic.twitter.com/B8xL0oxrKl
— Kar L. Stine (@karyewest) August 25, 2017
My daddy Trump supporter, Momma Starbucks drinker,
You mix the mayonnaise with the privilege make a country singer (singer) pic.twitter.com/FE0bPhGOHk
— D'Sheldon Cooper🤓 (@_MatthewBoomin_) August 25, 2017
when he fuck me good i take his ass to panera pic.twitter.com/lBUszSpiol
— miss keesha (@sailorfemme) August 25, 2017
Sagittarius: Hey can I copy your homework
Virgo: Sure just change it up a bit so no one notices pic.twitter.com/9vn9i6eQu2
— Astro Poets (@poetastrologers) August 25, 2017
Taylor: I've faced discrimination as well, they took my backup dancers. pic.twitter.com/bx8xWalIJX
— Mary Bryan (@marybryan3) August 25, 2017
Formation is iconic. Taylor can have several seats.
— Tmerc (@tmerc19) August 25, 2017
HollywoodLifers, do you think Taylor’s stepping on Beyonce’s territory with the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video? Let us know!