The video for Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" premiered at Sunday's VMAs, and there was lots of chatter about the shade thrown, the admissions made, and the revenge promised. But regardless of how you felt about the whole four-minute ordeal, there's one detail from the video that Taylor fans and haters alike can get behind. In a scene where T. Swift bathes in a bathtub of diamonds and pearls, you can glimpse a single dollar sitting amidst the gems. And yes, that may represent the single dollar that Swift recently won in her recent sexual assault trial.
On Monday, Aug. 14, a jury found DJ David Mueller guilty of groping Swift at an event in 2013. After the DJ sued her for damages to his career, Swift sought a symbolic $1 in return to "serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts." In the wake of the trial, calls to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline increased 35 percent. Taylor's forceful statements throughout the trial, which asserted that she would not be made to feel responsible for Mueller's behavior or apologize for his crimes, were inspiring to many women in general and assault survivors in particular.
During her trial Swift said, "I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is in any way my fault, because it isn't." By including the dollar she won in her video, she's standing by her testimony and reinforcing the idea that the victim is never to blame for their assault.
See the moment in all it's glory below:
Whatever her faults may be, the way Swift stood up for herself and for other women during her trial was to be admired. That's a version of Taylor Swift we would benefit from seeing more of.