There’s a big reveal at the end of Taylor Swift’s new music video, “You Need To Calm Down” (aka “Taylor Discovered Drag Brunch“). Taylor spots her arch nemesis, Katy Perry, across a crowded food fight, and they embrace, thus ending their nearly five-year-long feud. Two grown women finally acted like grown women – albeit while dressed like children in a pageant about the food pyramid. As it turns out, Taylor and Katy’s hug wasn’t the peace dove we all thought it was, as they had already been friends for some time.
Taylor called in to the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James yesterday to promote her new song and video, and she was asked about the Katy Perry moment. Taylor says that Katy has been her pal again for a little over a year. It started after Katy sent Taylor a letter and a literal olive branch on the opening night of Taylor’s Reputation Tour. Taylor was asked how Katy’s appearance in the video came about, and she answered:
“Well, we have been on really good terms for a while. She sent this beautiful note and an olive branch to the opening night of the Reputation Stadium Tour, a while ago. And from then on, we’ve been on good terms. And we hadn’t seen each other though, so the first time we saw each other was at this party. And when we saw each other, it was just very clear to both of us that everything was different, that we had grown up, we had grown past allowing ourselves to sort of be pitted against each other. It just was really really clear that we remembered how much we had in common.
And both of us have been in a really good place for a while, but I don’t think either of us really knew if we were going to talk about it publicly. So when I thought of this concept for this video, and I wrote the treatment, I thought of this idea, and I thought ‘I’m just going to ask her if she’d be interested in this, but I’d be totally fine if she’d rather keep it private between us.’ She was like, ‘I would love for us to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness.'”
Taylor adds that she chose the burger and fries costume after Katy wore a burger costume designed by Jeremy Scott to a 2019 Met Gala after party.
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) June 17, 2019
What I’m hearing is that Taylor is the reason for taking the reunion public, and she’s the reason for Katy’s appearance in the video, and Taylor thought of the burger and fries thing. Taylor Taylor Taylor! Do I smell the start of a new feud? Is Katy Perry about to release a statement in which she passive-aggressively praises Taylor for attempting to put her own spin on the video for “This Is How We Do.” I bet their second attempt at friendship will be over the minute Taylor invites Katy to a party, and they start fighting over who will be the first to Instagram a selfie with the giant inflatable pool lounger shaped like a taco.