Taylor Swift caused a social media storm when she released her "Look What You Made Me Do" video at the 2017 MTV VMAs. The lead single from her much-anticipated follow-up to 1989 was panned by some critics, with USA Today saying it "isn't smart – it's just petty." But every die-hard Swifty knows that the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. If there's anything Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" succeeds at (other than sticking in your head), it's the way it tears at Swift's many demons – and none more so than her infamous feuds with Kayne West and Katy Perry.
In "Look What You Made Me Do," Taylor Swift seemingly says goodbye to the parts of herself that were kind, compassionate and understanding. The Taylor Swift who wrote "Innocent," the heartfelt ballad forgiving Kayne West for the 2009 VMAs moment that launched a thousand memes, is dead. The new Swift rests on a throne engulfed in snakes, robs banks, and swims in a bathtub filled with diamonds.
In decoding "Look What You Made Me Do," fans uncover a wealth of references to the public battles Swift has endured, including her 2017 sexual harassment lawsuit against a Denver radio DJ. Swift makes it clear that she's not shaking it off this time, but she also makes sure not to take herself too seriously. While the references in "Look What You Made Me Do" are calculated, she teases past iterations of herself with savage humor.
Here are the many "Look What You Made Me Do" references. Some may be intentional, some may be pure coincidence, but all of them are biting and sharp-witted, crowning Taylor Swift the true Queen of the Snakes.