News, Culture & Society

VMAs 2017: Taylor Swift video ‘mocks Kardashian robbery’

She debuted the full version of her music video Look What You Made Me Do at the VMAs on Sunday night. 

And Taylor Swift’s latest offering has caused a huge stir, as she appears to take a swipe at a string of celebrities, including her ex beau Tom Hiddleston, rival Katy Perry and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. 

The singer, 27, however, has faced a backlash from fans, as one scene in the video appears to poke fun at the moment Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim was robbed at gunpoint in Paris last year. 

Telling: Taylor Swift, 27, has sparked a backlash from fans after appearing to mock the moment Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her new music video

The reality star had been left ‘badly shaken’ after thieves broke into her apartment in the French capital and held at her gunpoint. They stole jewellery worth thousands, including an engagement ring thought to be worth £3.5million.

Kim later broke down over the ordeal in scenes that aired on her family’s hit reality show and revealed she had been tied up, gagged with duct tape and put in the bath, before being locked in the bathroom as they stole her possessions.

Taylor, meanwhile, appears to allude the break-in, as she is seen posing in a bathtub covered in jewels in her new music video. Fans have taken the scene as a swipe at Kim – whom she had fallen out with over Kanye West’s track Famous that had crudely referenced her. 

Traumatic: Last year, the reality star was left 'badly shaken' as her Paris apartment was broken into and robbers tied her up and held her at gunpoint, before stealing jewellery worth thousands - including a £3.5million engagement ring

Traumatic: Last year, the reality star was left ‘badly shaken’ as her Paris apartment was broken into and robbers tied her up and held her at gunpoint, before stealing jewellery worth thousands – including a £3.5million engagement ring

Harsh? Taylor appears to allude the break-in, as she is seen posing in a bathtub covered in jewels in the video for Look What You Made Me Do

Harsh? Taylor appears to allude the break-in, as she is seen posing in a bathtub covered in jewels in the video for Look What You Made Me Do

In the track, Kanye claims he made Taylor famous and calls her a b***h, while also musing that one day he may have sex with her. Taylor voiced outrage when the song had been released, but Kim later released an audio of a phone conversation betwen Taylor and Kayne, claiming that Taylor had ‘given her approval of the lyrics’.

Taylor, however, counter claimed that she only knew the gist of his song and wasn’t made aware of the actual lyrics that ended up in the track.

While sat in the bath surrounded by glittering jewels, Taylor is seen singing the lyrics: ‘I don’t like your perfect crime/ How you laugh when you lie / You said the gun was mine / Isn’t cool, no, I don’t like you.’

Fans have since claimed that the moment is a reference to Kim’s traumatic ordeal and slammed the star for being insensitive. 

MailOnline have contacted a representative for Taylor. 

Causing a stir: Fans have since claimed that the moment is a reference to Kim's traumatic ordeal and slammed the star for being insensitive

Causing a stir: Fans have since claimed that the moment is a reference to Kim’s traumatic ordeal and slammed the star for being insensitive

Feud: It's been suggested the scene is a swipe at Kim whom Taylor had fallen out with over Kanye West's track Famous that had crudely referenced her

Feud: It’s been suggested the scene is a swipe at Kim whom Taylor had fallen out with over Kanye West’s track Famous that had crudely referenced her

Sharing their disapproval on Twitter, they penned: ‘Ya know you shot at kim in the bath tub is pretty low. Stop focusing on revenge it doesn’t suit you boo boo. 

‘She used kim’s robbery as shade, kik could have died, that isn’t something that someone should take as a joke.

‘Taylor swift is so sad, she actually sat in a bathtub looking at her diamond ring 2 recreate Kim k robbery wt a loser she’s nearly 30.

‘I just hope Taylor Swift didn’t made fun of Kim Kardashian’s robbery accident in her new music video! Bc I’ll be so mad. 

‘There’s so many things you can be “shady” about, but a robbery at gun point isn’t. I’m so sad that TS did that.

'I don't have words...': Fans were quick to share their disapproval on Twitter, with many criticising Taylor and the distasteful reference

‘I don’t have words…’: Fans were quick to share their disapproval on Twitter, with many criticising Taylor and the distasteful reference

‘Did taylor swift genuinely mock kim kardashian being being robbed and fearing for her life in her new music video? what a disgusting human.’

However, others were quick to jump to Taylor’s defence and insisted the scene was in reference to a comment she had previously made about herself. The video indulges the theme that Taylor wants to ‘kill her public image’ and pokes fun at her critics and the ‘reputation’ she has built in the media. 

Speaking in a previous interview, Taylor referenced the different personas she is believed to have – especially when it comes to dating and her high profile relationships that have seen her romance Harry Styles and Calvin Harris.

'Why does it have anything to do with Kim?' Others, however, rushed to Taylor's defence and explained the reference is to do with a quote Taylor had made mocking the media for the 'reputation' she has at being a 'serial dater'

‘Why does it have anything to do with Kim?’ Others, however, rushed to Taylor’s defence and explained the reference is to do with a quote Taylor had made mocking the media for the ‘reputation’ she has at being a ‘serial dater’

She said: ‘That’s a really interesting character they’re writing about, she jets around the world collecting men… then she traps them and locks them in her mansion and then she’s crying in her marble bathtub surrounded by pearls.’

Sharing her quote, fans tweeted in Taylor’s defence: ‘For everyone saying that Taylor was portraying Kim’s robbery in the MV is FALSE. Taylor said this months previous to the robbery.

‘The idea that taylor’s trying to mock kim k through that bathtub moment is the biggest reach on the internet.

‘Taylor talked about “the bathtub filled with pearls” in 2016 as a critique against herself. It was said before the Kim robbery even happened.

‘Why does it have to do anything with Kim? The whole video is Taylor making fun of the stereotypes of herself, thats it.’

Clues: Various hidden messages were clearly buried in the video; The tombstone next to hers bears the name of the pseudonym she used for a song she wrote for ex Calvin Harris, Nils Sjöberg

Clues: Various hidden messages were clearly buried in the video; The tombstone next to hers bears the name of the pseudonym she used for a song she wrote for ex Calvin Harris, Nils Sjöberg

RIP Hiddleswift! Another clue referenced her short-lived romance with Tom Hiddleston

RIP Hiddleswift! Another clue referenced her short-lived romance with Tom Hiddleston

Is that supposed to be Katy Perry? Swift crashes a car in the video, but her look was decidedly familiar

Is that supposed to be Katy Perry? Swift crashes a car in the video, but her look was decidedly familiar

Taylor’s Look What You Made Me Do video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who has been behind previous videos Blank Space and Bad Blood.

It’s the first single to come from her new album Reputation, with the track and its video appearing to be a nod to how all of her actions as a celebrity are scrutinised and judged by the public. 

Although, other moments have been taken to be a dig at several others, with Taylor paying reference to the fallout between herself and ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. 

New offering: Look What You Made Me Do is the first single to come from her new album Reputation

New offering: Look What You Made Me Do is the first single to come from her new album Reputation

She appears alongside a tombstone with the name Nils Sjöberg across it – the pseudonym she used for a song she wrote for ex Calvin. At the time Calvin had denied his girlfriend Taylor had written his hit This is What You Came For, only for her authorship to be revealed after their relationship ended.

Taylor is also seen surrounded by an army of people sporting ‘I heart T.S’ tops – similar to the one her ex actor Tom Hiddleston had been photographed wearing while they were together – and at one point, she bares a striking resemblance to Perry who she has an ongoing feud with.  

Taylor also pays reference to the sexual assault case she recently won, with a $1 bill – the amount she won.

Another nod to her fallout with Kim and Kanye is noted by her inclusion of a Shakespeare quote on the arm of a throne she sits on in the video – ‘Et Tu Brute’. 

The meaning, ‘You too, Brutus?’ is often used to communicate shock after being backstabbed by a friend or someone unexpected and could be used in reference to Kim outing Taylor over her dispute with Kanye and his track Famous.

Hidden message: Her new material appears to be a nod to how all of her actions as a celebrity are scrutinised and judged by the public

Hidden message: Her new material appears to be a nod to how all of her actions as a celebrity are scrutinised and judged by the public

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


Comments are closed.