Liking Taylor Swift’s new single “Look What You Made Me Do” feels like a bit of a controversial and condemnatory decision.
Despite the track shifting over 190k+ copies in less than 24 hours, there seems to be an annoyingly large backlash against Taylor and her reputation album reveal. Swifties are being dragged on Twitter for simply being a Taylor Swift stan and plenty of disparaging tweets are racking up thousands of likes. Some have really crossed the line, by implying that reputation’s November 10th release date was intentionally lined up to coincide with the death of Kanye West’s mother. Naturally, this nasty rumor was debunked by Taylor‘s team: “It is standard practice that releases come out on Fridays and we locked in this release date based on other Universal Music Group releases. There is no correlation,” they swiftly declared.
I’ve never been a huge Swiftie (although “All You Had to Do Was Stay” is really that bop) but personally, these responses to reputation and “Look What You Made Me Do” are more ridiculous than the snake merchandise Taylor is selling on her store.
I understand that it’s tiring to continuously witness Taylor playing the victim, but people do keep negatively mentioning her name and, as an artist, this is how Taylor responds. Everybody calls Taylor a snake, so she turned around and brought out a merchandise line capitalizing on that. I guess in a way, that reaction is kind of empowering? I am sure that complimenting Taylor Swift during this time is yet another scandalous thing to do, though…
Here’s the tea: Taylor does play the victim, but that’s because you guys give her a reason to play the victim. If you’re tired of that, stop giving her a reason.
Also, the beat on “Look What You Made Me Do” is a dead ringer for the classic Peaches track “Operate” which everybody and their fatherfucking mothers recognize as a bop. It’s so frustrating to then hear people dragging “Look What You Made Me Do” just because they have a personal vendetta against Taylor. Put your issues with her aside and take “Look What You Made Me Do” for what it is – a really brilliant pop track. If this is what’s sonically in store for reputation, then I say good riddance to the Old Taylor!