The idea of Taylor being a victim has been a theme in her career for a long time, and it’s something that Kim mentioned when talking about Taylor on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The columns in the room are adorned with the phrase “Et tu Brute”, the famous line uttered by the titular character in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as his best friend betrays and fatally stabs him. The singer had unleashed her dark side in the 2014 song ‘Bad Blood’, which was touted as a takedown of singer Kety Perry. If elements of the scene where Swift crashes a gold sports auto into a pole look familiar, it’s because they are. Some have connected this scene to a line from her song “Red” (widely believed to be about Jake Gyllenhaal), where she sings, “Lovin’ him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street”.
Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj closed the night with a performance of Perry’s latest single, Swish Swish. A zombie version of the singer then crawls out of the dirt as she begins to dig up old graves, sits on a throne of snakes as she is served tea, and gets in a auto crash before posing with a Grammy Award for the paparazzi.
The sweet, innocent girl that used to leave teardrops on her guitar and ride shotgun in the front seat of his auto apparently couldn’t just shake off the haters this time, and she is taking matters into her own hands with this edgy and in-your-face single, which teases her complete album, “Reputation“, expected November 10. It leaves us feeling like maybe she’s changing her “Reputation“.
“She’s so well-grounded. If I’d been that successful when we broke, I’d have gone completely tits up”. Some fans also think that Taylor fired shots on Kanye in her new song with the lyrics “I don’t like your little games, don’t like your tilted stage/The role you made me play of the fool, no, I don’t like you“. The old Swift’s fight to climb to the top before they are all seen falling away.
“Stop making that surprised face”. Have you pre-ordered Reputation yet? A bigger part of me wants to say, you show them Taylor, show them what a young girl can do when she gets the platform to do it.
The lettering and blocky, graphic artwork is a clear reference to the work of Saul Bass, the iconic minimalist artist whose famous movie title sequences include Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, as well as the title sequence and poster for Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller Vertigo, the latter of which is heavily evoked in the Swift video.
Not all of the references are personal, though.