4.Katy-esque Taylor starts filming, 2014 Met Gala Taylor asks, “What are you doing?” “Getting receipts. Gonna edit this later.” Katy-esque Taylor replies.
Important Note: There is plausible deniability here, and this Taylor, one who does not appear to be a direct homage to any particular Taylor video character or public appearance, is referred to as “Katy-esque” in that her ponytail haircut and big cat aesthetic seems to evoke elements of the Katy Perry’s image. Additionally, Katy and Taylor have their own long-running shade war, which as of Sunday night’s VMAs appears to be raging on, with this video, and also with Katy’s “receipts” she mentions in the “Swish Swish” lyrics and cover art, which were referenced to in the awards show, which Katy hosted.
And as such, this character feels like the most confused inclusion in the “Look What You Made Me Do” video’s ending. The version of Taylor that feels the least-linked to her own identity is not-so-subtly referring to the infamous recorded phone call about the “Famous” line between Taylor and Kanye, which the rapper’s wife, Kim, released to Snapchat last year.
You can tell Taylor has not quite gotten past this moment. It seems to be the primary catalyst for this whole new, darker Taylor, and the fact that she even seemingly insinuates that the call was heavily edited — Kim released the call in pieces, and one major part of the lyric, the word “b***h,” is seemingly not discussed — is the strongest indicator that while Taylor is owning the snakes, she might not quite be owning her role in the narrative as a whole.
Oh, and about that…
Victim or Villain? Why Taylor Swift Is Battling Her Old Selves in the ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Video – Entertainment Tonight