Look What You Made [Taylor] Do.

I can safely assume that most of us have heard Taylor Swift’s new song, “Look What You Made Me Do”. I heard it first while hanging out with friends and thought it was her worse song yet. It’s repetitive, annoying, and the chorus sounds awful. However after watching the music video, I realized that there was a method to her madness. I believe that Taylor Swift’s message is that the media and fame have changed people, especially celebrities. I think she is actually a genius for creating this song because although it sounds horrible, it has still hit #1 on itunes. A couple of scenes have really stuck with me. In the beginning TS is crawling out of her gravestone, and at the end scene, she announces the old Taylor is dead. She also includes a scene of herself on top of her former selves from past music videos. These three scenes articulate that the “old” Taylor, who was young, naïve, sweet, and innocent, has died because of the media and society’s influence. Also, there is a scene where she is in a bathtub of jewels, yet there is a single dollar bill by her shoulder. This represents the dollar she won in her sexual harassment case against DJ Mueller and serves as a beacon for all sexual harassment cases to not go unknown. Another scene features rows of Barbie doll looking girls that possibly symbolizes how society wants women to look and features Taylor on a stage in a sexual S&M kind of outfit. She also dances in a sexual way to show how the media promotes women participating in sexual roles like the type of dance they do or the clothes they wear. Overall, this video is a huge symbol of how society’s unrealistic expectations and the media’s judgment can emotionally kill a person. Her repeating lyric “look what you made me do” serves as a statement of blame because she had to kill her old self in order to replace herself with a new badass version who can better handle society’s bullshit. While the song is complete trash, I give immense credit to Taylor for using her media influence and popularity to send a message to the public and fight the very thing that made her famous- the entertainment industry itself.

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