Taylor Swift‘s new single “Look What You Made Me Do” is a direct response to Kanye West, Katy Perry, and anyone else that ever burned her — but just how deep-rooted and potentially cruel is her cynical new single?
Let’s back up a bit though, to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards controversy which triggered the pop feud of the century. After that, it took years for Kanye and Taylor to mend their professional relationship, but the superstars were able to make up to a certain extent.
That all went to hell when Kanye dropped his leading single from The Life of Pablo (2016) — “Famous” — along with the particular line that shocked everyone: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” That song sparked yet another “he said, she said” drama, drama so Taylor took her first step back into the spotlight since 1989 as a prime opportunity to call out Yeezy once and for all.
Now that we’re all caught up, let’s talk about the pop star’s jabs at West. The lyrics “tilted stage” make it clear she’s calling him out, but a more sinister theory suggests the once sweet, innocent Tay Tay is rubbing salt in his wounds with her Reputation release date. This tweet explains it all:
ok i was done complaining about taylor swift i felt gross n w/e and then i saw this n absolutely fuck taylor swift pic.twitter.com/ws9LYkmeFu
— darcie (@333333333433333) August 25, 2017
Her label Big Machine denies such claims: “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.”