Joseph Kahn, the director for Taylor Swift's record-breaking music video for "Look What You Made Me Do", among others, took to Twitter on Wednesday (Aug. 30) to express his frustrations with what he perceived to be gendered double standards within the industry. "I'm watching her on Twitter; I just signed up on Twitter".
Considering the relentless, personal and often extremely sexist coverage of Taylor Swift throughout her career, maybe she's right.
Months later, West's wife Kim Kardashian leaked footage of a phone conversation between West and Swift that seemed to show Swift agreeing to lyrics about her. "If Taylor as a woman plans something she is 'manipulative.' Double standards".
There's also a line where Swift sings she doesn't like an undisclosed foe's "titled stage", which some interpreted as a reference to West's floating stage on last year's "Saint Pablo" tour. In fact, the 34-year-old said that her most-played song at the time was the 27-year-old 2008 hit, "Love Story".
At the end, she is dressed up as 14 former versions of herself, one being the nerdy girl from "You Belong With Me", another as the ballet dancer from "Shake It Off", along with her 2009 VMAs self where West dissed her and their drama began.
"Taylor and Karlie are still very much good friends", a source told Us Weekly.
"Look What You Made Me Do" is a libel lawsuit against pop culture itself - Swift is exhausted of the way celebrities are commodified and therefore dehumanized by an audience greedy for the next piece of gossip or hearsay.
"Taylor [Swift] is hoping Joe [Alwyn] will be able to get away from the set later this week to attend her friend's wedding".