Taylor Swift Video Director Joseph Kahn Says Beyonce's "Formation" Copied "Bad Blood"
Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" music video is ceaselessly referential — to her past lives, to other famous music videos and (still unbelievably enough) to Right Said Fred. The comparisons that have seemed destined to dog Swift the most, however, are to Beyonce's videos for "Formation" and "Hold Up" that have left fans divided over whether the similar outfits and choreography were meant as homage or parody.
Since "Look What You Made Me Do" dropped, director Joseph Kahn has been on a defensive tear for the video and the artist behind it.
On Twitter, Kahn previously praised Beyonce as "an amazing person" and former collaborator, but dismissed the comparisons altogether by saying the visuals in "LWYMMD" are "not in her art space."
I've worked with Beyoncé a few times. She's an amazing person. The #LWYMMDvideo is not in her art space. Love and respect to Bey.— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) August 26, 2017
Then, on Thursday, in a Los Angeles Times interview, Kahn seemed ready to stoke the anger of critics once again. Taking a detour from discussing his new film, Bodied, Kahn makes a casual claim that Bey stole one of her Lemonade looks from Swift.
"I suddenly understood the conflict of what’s going on in society and what battle rap serves, what prism to look at the movie through," he told the paper. "It’s not 'Formation' at all. They try to say she's wearing a black crop top and Beyonce wore a black crop top. But they don’t realize in 2015 in 'Bad Blood,' Taylor Swift was wearing a black crop top. I really do think, by the way, that Beyoncé copied 'Bad Blood.'"
After the article's release, Kahn seemed gleefully aware of his offhanded, kidding-not-kidding comments:
Article where I said Beyoncé copied Bad Blood tank tops. Seriously, do you think I give a fuck about tank tops lol.https://t.co/apOFnIzWXC— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 7, 2017
He also tweeted a link to a Billboard op-ed naming instances Beyonce imitated other artists' looks with the caption, "Beyhive triggered."
Beyhive triggered.https://t.co/P2ByzMn5gl— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 7, 2017
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.