Back when I used to keep abreast of the music world, I liked some of Taylor Swift’s songs. Then she started to make the transition from country to pop; from sweet to mean because this image was crafted out for her a long time ago by her handlers.
A lot of us miss the symbolism in music videos because we’re busy admiring what a “masterpiece” it is. There is a lot more going on than the so-called Katy Perry, Kim K, and Kanye drama. So. Much. More!
Also, my reactions may not be your cup of tea. It might be sarcastic and I also tear lyrics apart. Let’s react to it in 3…2…1…
0:14: This post-apocalypticish setting reminds me of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
0:16: R.I.P. TS reputation. She doesn’t care anymore and she’s going to show everyone her true colors.
0:20: Ahhh! Zombie Swift! Kill it quick before it multiplies! On a serious note, though, she is implying that she is coming back from the dead.
0:34-48: Zombie Taylor is burying the old Taylor. The corpse is then juxtaposed with the almost new persona bathing in a tub full of expensive jewelry and a single dollar bill. The dollar bill is there to reference her recent sexual assault case against a Colorado radio DJ. She sought only one dollar in damages.
0:51: Is she a Queen? An evil Priestess? The identical pillars has an inscribed Latin phrase on it, ‘Et tu Brute’ meaning “And you, Brutus?” I didn’t appreciate Shakespeare (I still don’t) and saw it as a punishment whenever we had literature period back in school, but I remember this phrase from the Julius Caesar play. Caesar said these words as he was being stabbed to death by his friend Brutus. What is she implying here, eh?
Also, she is surrounded by snakes. This is deceiving. Rather, she is deceiving us.
0:52-57: But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time. Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time I am sorry, but what? You rose up from the dead all the time? Only Jesus Christ can do this.
0:59: I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined. I check it once, then I check it twice, oh! Is she Santy Claus?
1:08: Because self-destruction is so sexy…
…and she survives this to childishly pin the blame on whomever she is addressing. This scene is about indulgence, pride, and attention seeking.
I think this is Tay Tay’s good girl gone bad period. We’ve seen it with many other singers over time:
They need to stay relevant so they pull out all the stops even if it means going for the “diss track”.
1:21: Miley, is that you?
Okay, okay, I can’t help, but think of ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ or something like that. Tay Tay is swinging like an imprisoned bird in orange in a huge cage while men guard her. Is she implying that she feels trapped within her identity? To make matters worst, Tay Tay has a human-sized bird cage in her real home. Rich people buy the silliest things.
Also, ALSO, there is something sinister about her saying: I don’t like your kingdom keys. They once belonged to me. In the book of Revelation, Jesus Christ holds the keys. The Great Deceiver is hard at work to make people think that he is the rightful heir to the kingdom.
1:36-1:43: The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama. But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma Yes, because revenge belongs to you.
1:51: Girl bots. This might be a reference to her cult-like squad, but it is also a reference to the mass of young girls she has been brainwashing with her music.
2:06: Look what you made me do. Look what… Honestly, I was not paying attention to the song, so I just realized that she sampled Right Said Fred’s ‘I’m Too Sexy’.
2:09: Demasculating of men. Also, I counted 8 male dancers in heels. Forget the ‘I ❤ TS’ t-shirts, the 8 men represent her high profile exes. What did they make her do?
2:22: T. Swift or Andreja Pejic?
Either way, her new persona is very androgynous.
2:26: Blatant crucifixion pose as Tay Tay stand watch over her fighting personas in a pyramid.
2:58: “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.” “Why?” “Oh, ’cause she’s dead!” See? Good girl going bad. It happens all the time in this industry. When they ascend to another level, they automatically leave their old self behind. She’s leaving the light to embrace the dark.
3:36: And now, she’s poking fun at herself. I don’t have time for this nonsense.
And let’s skip right to the moment that started her transformation before our very eyes:
Overall, I think the lyrics are pointless and her attitude petty, musically bemoaning this and that. Why throw tantrums? You’re too old for that, Tay Tay. But hey, music gotta sell and she have brains to wash, no matter how stupid the song or the video is. The video is basically about self-love and indulgence everything that God does not stand for.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:2-5