Taylor Swift is the queen of firing shots and hiding her hand after the damage is done. She's been going back and forth with Katy Perry for years, popping off, then retreating back to her fortress of innocence. Now, she's doing the same with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Swift and West have obviously had a complicated history for years, but their most recent tiff came last year when Kim "exposed" Swift for saying she didn't know about Kanye's "Famous" line, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous." (Swift apparently knew about 'Ye including her in the song, but didn't know she would be referenced to as "that bitch.")
I don't like your little games
Don't like your tilted stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don't like you
The "tilted stage" line feels like a direct connection to Kanye's Saint Pablo Tour setup.
I don't like your perfect crime
How you laugh when you lie
You said the gun was mine
Isn't cool, no, I don't like you
While singing this part in the video, Swift poses in a bathtub, covered in diamonds. During the words “perfect crime,” the camera zooms in on a close-up of Taylor's hand covered in diamond rings. When she says “gun was mine,” she forms her fingers into a gun and fires.
It didn't take long before viewers started connecting the dots. Many felt like it mocked Kim Kardashian’s robbery at gunpoint in Paris: Kim was specifically robbed of diamonds, including a $4 million diamond ring. The robbers reportedly held a gun to Kim's head, gagged her, and placed her in a bathtub. Kardashian retreated from the public eye after the incident, and later revealed that she thought she would be raped and murdered.
Is Taylor throwing shade to Kim K's robbery where her jewelry was stolen with the bathtub scene? Wasn't she put in the tub tied up? #VMAs— Kai 🌿 (@knivmbi) August 28, 2017
Is T swift in a tub of jewelry supposed to be a dig at the Kim k robbery? Don't like Taylor anyway but that's not cool #VMAs— ⭐️ skye taylor ⭐️ (@lolitsskye) August 28, 2017
Really hope Taylor's bathtub scene isn't shade towards Kim's robbery… #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo— dont @ me 🌸 (@tor_stewart) August 28, 2017
So Taylor put Kim's robbery in her video... Okay... I hope someone doesn't do the same with her recent sexual harassment #VMAs— Red Moon (@Valeryus84Sol) August 28, 2017
i wonder if the "old taylor" would make fun of kim's robbery with a jewel filled bathtub visual like the "new taylor" just did in that video— babyboy (@LILOIRAN) August 28, 2017
I'm sorry but there's no way around it, Taylor is mocking Kim. A bathtub full of jewels when Kim was put in the tub during her robbery.— Emma (@kimyonceee) August 28, 2017
Fans came to Taylor's defense, saying she was referencing herself:
taylor wasn't mocking kim's robbery... she's mocking herself and the media. again. pic.twitter.com/3kO80hhCzL— ellie 🐍 (@burningredhair) August 28, 2017
there are so many reasons as to why taylor could've been in that bathub filled with jewels but kim's robbery isn't one of them pic.twitter.com/8t3jyCi8Le— ♡ (@fairyhosk) August 28, 2017
People really thinking Taylor Swift was taking the piss out of Kim K robbery lol, it's a reference to a quote about her xo— Chloe 🌹 (@Chloe_Johnson4) August 28, 2017
... right. So, if the video doesn't mean anything, and the lyrics don't mean anything, and the strangely Pablo-esque font choice on her cover art doesn't mean anything, and her album release date that coincides with the death of Kanye's mother doesn't mean anything, are we even on planet Earth anymore?
Come on, y'all. Taylor is either deviously calculated and insensitive, or she's tone deaf and oblivious. A pop star of her magnitude should know that literally every part of her image and public actions will be documented and scrutinized, especially when it has to do with such a major comeback. In any case, Kim and Kanye apparently couldn't care less about Swift's new shots-filled song. We'll see if they have any thoughts on the video soon enough.