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Taylor Swift To Reveal Her White Feminist Version Of 'Lemonade' At The VMAs

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Taylor Swift, paragon of #squadgoals and refusing to say #blacklivesmatter while co-opting black American culture for the sake of album sales, is charting a straight path towards becoming a full-blown parody of herself. Thursday night, the pop star released a bad Lorde single called "Look What You Made Me Do."

The lyric video (above) recalls the aesthetic of Saul Bass movie posters and espouses the emotional maturity of someone who shops exclusively at Hot Topic. It also appears to reference her feud with Kanye West. Last year, Swift claimed West had slandered her in his album The Life Of Pablo when he rapped "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/I made that bitch famous." Kim Kardashian later published a video where West tells Swift about the line before its release, and she appears to approve of it. Her later accusations that West is a misogynist appeared to some as a manipulation of the facts, done to present herself as an oft-maligned underdog. In this context, lyrics such as "the role that you made me play" and "you said the gun was mine"—both from "Look What You Made Me Do— was taken by some as a reference to West.

Besides singing about the feud, Swift appears to have taken it to another level. Some on Twitter have noted that the album's release date falls on the ten-year anniversary of the death of Donda West—Kanye's mother—and they were not pleased, to say the very least.

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At the end of the song, Swift says, "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now / Why? / Oh, 'cause she's dead!" This line is funny because, as we can tell, this is still the old Taylor. The conniving Taylor who manipulates her circumstances to continuously present an underdog narrative despite being one of the wealthiest and most powerful celebrities in the world. We've always seen right through you, Tay Tay.

It only gets worse.

Earlier this week, she tried to eclipse the eclipse's publicity by posting a short video of a snake to tease her new single (which is supposed to be funny, because people have long associated her with a snake). And now that the single is released, she has provided another teaser, this time for the song's actual video.

We all watched the same video, right? Full of co-opting and appropriation of Beyoncé's Lemonade? "Look what you made me do", Taylor? No one made you commodify feminism to exalt a milky and unaccountable version of the social justice movement, never once taking responsibility for the reach and power of the words you say or acknowledging that they could help anyone or anything that doesn't directly affect your way of life. No one made you take the aesthetics of Beyoncé's aesthetic-smashing tome. That's on you. No one else is responsible for your behavior.

The full-blown video will premiere at the Video Music Awards on Sunday night. For those of you attending the performance IRL at the Forum in Inglewood, good luck. The rest of us will join the swamp of vitriol on Twitter.

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