Swift’s New Song, Savage or Childish

Are you ready to hear Taylor Swift’s new song, “Look What You Made Me Do,” for the next three months straight? I’m sure as hell not. “Look What You Made Me Do” marks a change for the pop star, after severe internet backlash from various incidents like the Kardashian mess, which at first seems good. In Swift’s new song, she addresses her “reputation” by calling out her enemies, which again seems like a good change for the pop star. This song although comes off just like how her enemies perceive her, as “playing the victim.”

The video initially begins with Taylor Swift coming out of a grave that reads, “Here Lies Taylor Swift’s Reputation,” marking this change. This, along with much darker than usual music, signals this change. The beginning of the song starts out strong, with a very progressive build up You would think this build up leads to a powerful chorus right? Wrong. It leads to her constantly repeating the line, “Look What You Made Me Do,” rather monotonously. The lyrics, “Look What You Made Me Do,” also seem to pass the blame of her actions onto others, seemingly her “haters.” Is that not playing the victim?

Also, closer to the end of the song, Swift answers a phone call with the lines: “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.” “Why?”
“Oh, ’cause she’s dead!” This line, while signifying the end of the old Taylor, feels very out of place and almost cringeworthy in the song.

Overall, “Look What You Made Me Do” had a lot of potential for Taylor’s change, but overall failed to live up to this potential.

If you want to listen to the song yourself, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tmd-ClpJxA

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