When the Beyhive saw a teaser clip of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” music video, they angrily buzzed, “Look at the Rachel Roy take-down you’re about to make me do!!!” Taylor had the audacity to stand front and center in a line-up of her dancers, which had never been done by a pop star until Beyoncé Queen of the Universe and Our Lord and Savior Knowles-Carter Christ deemed it necessary to do in her video for “Formation.” I really wish it had just ended there, but (to borrow a favorite Dlisted phrase) the Butterscotch Don pulled her foundation move and sent in a minion to fight her battle.
Music video director Joseph Kahn first told people to take a seat and wait until the vid came out and recognize that no one was ripping off Beyoncé. And then it ended there, and people went along with their lives.
Wrong! It keeps going.
Joseph has since gone on long-winded Twitter rants against those mean critics and even accused ‘Yoncé of ripping of Taylor first. Honestly, I didn’t think Joe had a job beyond Taylor’s social media defender and part-time director until he popped up at the Toronto Film Festival with a non-Taylor project, the rap satire Bodied. He then immediately corrected me by sitting down with Variety and, you guessed it, defended Taylor again.
“The biggest insult anyone throws at her is that she’s manipulative. What does that mean? As an artist, because you know what clothes you want to wear, you know what edits you want to make, you know what the set-ups are, you know what the theme of every idea is, you know what your lyrics are. Is that manipulative or is that just being smart?”
While Zayn’s praise is more in the “I’m just saying this because I’m boinking one of her friends“ manner, Joe’s reeks well past the usual amount of desperation from a Taylor Swiftie. Joe, you’ve been at it for more than two weeks! That check has surely cleared by now, so what Candyland spell does this chick have you under?! Blink once for okay, and blink twice for “Olivia Benson has been instructed to claw my eyes out if I so much as think of filming a 7-Up commercial that runs during American Idol.”