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TikTokers Are “Screaming, Crying” In This Taylor Swift-Inspired TikTok Trend

When I discovered the “Screaming, Crying” TikTok trend, inspired by the one and only Taylor Swift, I couldn’t help but think about how she’s completely dominating TikTok right now. During this already exciting season for Swifties, we’ve seen her music spark a number of viral moments, like the “Wildest Dreams” TikTok trend (Taylor’s version, duh) and the “All Too Well/Champagne Problems” trend (which may or may not be rooted in misogyny, but I rest my case). Now, the “Screaming, Crying” trend makes use of two highly important pop culture references: 1) a Gen Z phrase meant to communicate general enthusiasm and hysteria, and 2) one of Taylor’s most iconic songs, “Blank Space.” 

Check out this trending audio and I promise you’ll understand the “Screaming, Crying” TikTok trend right away. The viral soundbite features a sound from “Blank Space” where Taylor sings “screaming, crying” — however, instead of continuing to the next lyric, “perfect storms,” the clip simply ends. The comedic timing of this is 10/10, and in true Gen Z fashion, TikTokers are adapting the sound to show us moments when they, too, are “screaming, crying.”

For those who are unfamiliar with classic Gen Z slang, screaming and crying may seem over-the-top. However, this trend is not meant to be performed dramatically, a la “The Killer Is Escaping.” Instead, the goal is to appear sarcastic and deadpan — because naturally, when Gen Z says “screaming, crying,” they don’t actually mean that. Similar to the abrupt nature of the audio itself, the trend is all about presenting a relatable scenario when you’re frustrated, annoyed, or otherwise can’t deal anymore — then, reacting sarcastically and playing “screaming, crying” in the background.

TikTokers are using the trend to share what’s got them feeling some type of way — for better or for worse. For example, @austin.tayl0r says, “When I have to do the work for classes that I’m paying tens of thousands of dollars for.” TikToker @mikaelaistired says, “When you remember that it is, in fact, still only Monday.” In another version, Ashiah says, “Me showing up to the job I did, in fact, agree to show up for” and @_bela_amor’s version says, “Every time my period is late.” Screaming, crying indeed.

If you’re a Swiftie, you’ll appreciate this version from @niamhadkins that says “When the heartbreak album of the century is about to drop and you’re in a stable relationship,” or this one from @gingergrinch says “When ur trying to get in the 10 min all too well headspace but the worst thing your golden retriever of a boyfriend has ever done is use your olaplex shampoo w/o asking.” 

Ever since #SwiftTok broke the internet earlier this year, I’m convinced Taylor is taking over our favorite app one video at a time. The “Screaming, Crying” TikTok trend is a great one to try if you’re short on time, but still want to tap into a viral moment and increase your chance for views — because let’s be real, all eyes are on TSwift content right now. As we approach the “All Too Well” short film release on November 12th, I expect that momentum will only continue. And until then, I’ll be screaming, crying (you get the point) in anticipation.

Tianna is an Associate Editor at Her Campus Media HQ where she covers all things pop culture, entertainment, wellness, and TikTok trends. She graduated from North Carolina State University and received her masters from Columbia University. Tianna currently lives in New York City where you can find her sipping coffee, practicing yoga, and singing show tunes.
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