The 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) and 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 a 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 (Sept. 7), 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.
— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 7, 2017