Every Beyonce "Reference" In The "Look What You Made Me Do" Video — Whether Taylor Swift Intended Them Or Not
The internet went all in on Taylor Swift Friday morning, following the midnight release of her Swift's single, "Look What You Made Me Do," and the release of her music video teaser on Good Morning America. And while there were many, many complaints and comments about Swift's new music, one recurring theory was the Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" video copied Beyoncè. Now that the full video is here, do the comparisons hold up? Well, fans certainly seem to think so.
But, before we all go too far down that path, it should be noted that the "Look What You Made Me Do" video director has refuted that the video in any way copies Beyoncè, tweeting on Friday night: "I've worked with Beyoncé a few times. She's an amazing person. The #LWYMMDvideo is not in her art space. Love and respect to Bey." OK, but here's the thing: Having worked with Bey, appreciating Bey, and potentially accidentally copying Bey's visuals are not mutually exclusive things. And now that the actual full length video is here, fans are picking up on tons of similarities between Swift's video and the ones that Beyoncé has released in the past. Let's look at a few of them.
1. The Baseball Bat
First of all, Beyoncé doesn't own baseball bats. But her "Hold Up" music video did prominently featured one as she walks down the street smashing windows and cars, so the BeyHive was like, "Nope, Taylor, bye Taylor."
2. This Room
This original shot was the first red flag for fans, who noticed that the way Swift is standing with her dancers in this room is very, very reminiscent of the "Formation" music video and Super Bowl performance.
3. The Dancing
Again, Beyoncé doesn't own dancing. But that familiar hip swivel and booty drop is enough of a signature style that fans are crying foul.
4. This "Upgrade U" Imagery
Beyonce didn't invent red lips or snake-looking jewelry, obviously. And yet...
5. That "Partition" Moment
Taylor really wants to be Beyonce. She tried to mix Formation, Hold Up, Dont Hurt Yourself and Partition into 1 video. Girl Bye.— Whit (@mzz_whitt) August 28, 2017
Beyoncé invented sitting down and holding a teacup in "Partition." Sorry, Taylor.
6. The Pose
@ taylor: how tf u gunna rip beyonce AND miley off in a single video?!!?!?! pic.twitter.com/tTJoOZ0zQW— Kacy M-Something (@kacy_muthiora) August 28, 2017
The "Formation" vibes go too far for a lot of people.
7. All The Taylors
Beyonce's Pepsi commercial with her former selves > this multiple Taylor mess pic.twitter.com/OCsNXtEMZt— beyonce (@brdgtbrtn) August 28, 2017
This is the smoking gun for much of the BeyHive. The portion of the music video where Swift fights off old versions of herself immediately reminded fans of Beyoncé's Pepsi ad where she hangs out with old versions of herself.
Honestly, some of these comparisons are weak at best, because keeping track of every time stars' music videos were similar to other stars' would have us here all night. And, honestly, do any of us want Beyoncé's name used in the same sentence as Swift's? Then again, that last reason might be why the BeyHive is unwilling to give Swift even the benefit of the doubt after that promo, whether or not you think they have a point.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated from its original version.