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Taylor Swift’s Music Video Director Claims Beyoncé Copied Taylor

There’s bad blood in the air again, and this time Taylor Swift didn’t start it. Joseph Kahn, the talented man behind many of Taylor’s music videos, pointed a finger at Beyoncé in his latest interview with the Los Angeles Times. While Kahn has worked with the “Love on Top” singer in the past, he’s not afraid to set the record straight. The “Formation” and “Look What You Made Me Do” music videos are not the same, despite what many fans think.

Defending his idea, Kahn said, “[‘LWYMMD’] is not ‘Formation’ at all. They try to say she’s wearing a black crop top and Beyoncé 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.'”

Kahn paired his accusatory statement with positive comments on Twitter, which I think was smart. It shows that he doesn’t regret working with Bey and being part of her team a few years back. Calling her “an amazing person” and sending her “love and respect,” it’s clear Kahn isn’t trying to trash Beyoncé.

Black crop tops are such a wardrobe staple—they shouldn’t be the basis of a public feud between a director and a fandom (yes, the Beyhive is flooding Kahn’s social channels with bee emojis). The two singers’ styles are so different something as superficial as clothing had to be called out. While Kahn should stand up for his work, let’s stick to the Kimye fight because that one is far from over. #reputationiscoming

Emily Schmidt

Stanford '20

Emily Schmidt is a junior at Stanford University, studying English and Spanish. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she quickly fell in love with the Californian sunshine and warm winter temperatures. Emily writes a hodgepodge of pieces from satiric articles for The Stanford Daily to free-verse poetry to historical fiction. Just like her writing repertoire, her collection of hobbies are widely scattered from speed-crocheting to Irish dancing to practicing calligraphy. When she is not writing or reading, Emily can also be found jamming out to Phil Collins or watching her favorite film, 'Belle.'
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