Swift re­turns with venge­ful mind

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. . . from page 16 ‘I don’t like you’

“Look What You Made Me Do” opens with unadul­ter­ated anger against an un­named vil­lain.

“The role you made me play, the fool / No, I don’t like you / I don’t like your per­fect crime,” she sings.

Her fans im­me­di­ately spec­u­lated on­line as to the tar­get of Swift’s ire -if the song, like much of her pre­vi­ous work, is in­deed au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal.

One likely can­di­date is rap­per Kanye West. He out­raged Swift with a song last year in which he boasted that he may be able to get her to bed be­cause “I made that bitch fa­mous” — an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to how he in­ter­rupted her ac­cep­tance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Mu­sic Awards.

West’s wife, re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star Kim Kar­dashian, hit back at Swift by post­ing a record­ing of a phone call in which West ap­pears to re­ceive Swift’s bless­ing for the song, al­though Swift in­sisted she had not heard his full lyrics.

In sup­port­ing ev­i­dence for the Kanye the­ory, “Look What You Made Me Do” ends with a mock call in which Swift says, “the old Tay­lor can’t come to the phone right now... be­cause she’s dead.”

Swift — the fourth most fol­lowed per­son on Twitter and fifth on In­sta­gram — re­in­forced the idea of a fresh start by wip­ing clean her so­cial me­dia ac­counts in re­cent days, in­stead post­ing im­ages of snakes show­ing their fangs.

Fresh from law­suit

The song could also re­fer to an exboyfriend of Swift, whose love life is of fre­quent fas­ci­na­tion to tabloids, or to a re­cent court case.

Last week Swift tri­umphed in a sex­ual as­sault law­suit against a ra­dio DJ who she said fon­dled her dur­ing a rou­tine photo op­por­tu­nity.

A self-styled fem­i­nist, Swift said she had shocked her­self by in­stinc­tively act­ing po­litely to­ward the ag­gres­sor af­ter the in­ci­dent.

While cul­ti­vat­ing her im­age as a fear­less fighter, Swift — whose coun­try roots have en­deared her to con­ser­va­tive swathes of the United States — has steered clear of po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary at a time of in­tense di­vi­sions in the coun­try.

Her non-par­ti­san­ship is in­creas­ingly rare in the en­ter­tain­ment world — and a marked con­trast to her some­time ri­val Katy Perry, an out­spo­ken critic of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. — AFP

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