Taylor Swift’s Squad Appears In The “Look What You Made Me Do” Music Video… Sort Of

by Amy Roberts
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Even though we've all been busy analyzing the meaning of Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" video, we may have missed the answer to a question we forgot to ask. Specifically, who is still in Swift's squad may have been addressed in a tiny detail from the video. According to E!, there are two scenes in the video that show the singer reprising her "You Belong With Me" look. In it, the singer wears a t-shirt with "Junior Jewels" written on it, as well as a list of first names that could tip fans off as to are the remaining members of Swift's squad.

According to the first names on the t-shirt, the current squad members are Lily Aldridge, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Martha Hunt, Todrick Hall, Ed Sheeran, Patrick Stewart, the Haim sisters, and Clair Kislinger. The list is missing notable names like Cara Delevingne, Ruby Rose, Lorde, Karlie Kloss, and even Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote "Look What You Made Me Do." However, there might be a good reason for why these names were left off.

In a video full of bold statements and deconstructions of Swift's public persona, it seems likely that the t-shirt and the "squad" members listed on it is another example of those. After all, as E! points out, earlier in the video, we're shown the singer mocking the elite, cult-like status of her "Squad" by overseeing a factory line of near-identical robotic women at "Squad U." It's a place where you must obey the rules of Madame Swift and her BDSM ensemble, lest you be disposed of in a pile of disembodied mannequins.


By including only certain names leaving out people that she appears to share a genuine personal or professional bond with (particularly in the case of Kloss and Antonoff), Swift appears to be commenting on the superficial nature of her squad. Just because a name isn't on the shirt (or, a person doesn't appear to be part of the "squad" in the singer's public appearances) doesn't mean that they aren't a part of Swift's life. At the same time, just because people are shown hanging out with Swift on a personal or professional level doesn't mean they're a massive part of her life, either.

Clearly, Swift's alleged squad and her actual friendship circle are two very different entities altogether. And, if the video for "Look What You Made Me Do," is anything to go by, then it looks like we know even less than we thought we did about either.