Last night, Taylor Swift managed to hijack the VMAs without actually being there, thanks to the world premiere of her new music video for “Look What You Made Me Do.” The video was essentially a huge shoutout to Taylor’s haters, though it also made valiant attempts to be self-deprecating, with Taylor taking every possible moment to make fun of herself and her portrayal by the media.
The video is so packed with symbolic imagery that it honestly takes some professional Swiftie sleuthing to break it all down — but, suffice it to say, every scene is a treasure trove of references and metaphors. From the cropped “I ❤️ TS” shirts (a nod to Tom Hiddleston’s 4th of July with Taylor), to the actual snake serving tea (most likely an allusion to the Kimye-Taylor debacle and subsequent fallout), everything is a heavy-handed attempt to assure fans that Taylor is well-aware of the public’s perception of her.
Some found the video to be a bit on the nose, particularly when the many iterations of Taylor Swift appeared and argued with one another. However, there were also plenty who believed that the concept of Taylor dragging herself is sheer brilliance.
One thing’s for certain: Twitter may not be united in either hatred or favor of this video, but it is certainly experiencing a GLASS CASE OF EMOTIONS about it.
I’m not 100% sure where I fall on the “Look What You Made Me Do” approval spectrum (I’m still convinced that the schlocky song itself is what we collectively “made” Taylor do), but one thing’s for sure: I’m definitely going to need to watch this video a few more times to figure it out.