Swift returns with vengeful mind
. . . 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