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Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and THAT they certainly expressed following the release of Taylor’s revenge-ish, self-exposed diss track for “Look What You Made Me Do”, but when it comes to the bigger issues at stake, leave it to the music video’s director Joseph Kahn to share HIS take on what’s causing the Internet’s divide.
Although Taylor hasn’t yet responded (nor will she probably ever) to any of the video or the song’s criticism, Joseph, who’s directed many of her past music videos has also been receiving backlash on social media, to which he took to Twitter to call out society’s sexism and double standards he’s witnessed based on fans’ reactions. He said QUOTE, “If I plan something as a man I’m a “genius.” If Taylor as a woman plans something she is “manipulative.” Double standards. This is wrong.”
Naturally, the internet lost all chill (and I mean all chill) and the tweet caused a wave of opinions, as some were quick to come to his defense. One user responded to his tweet, saying QUOTE, “Just had this argument with someone the other day. It’s so true or a man can write a song about his ex & no big deal, but TS does it and…”
Someone else wrote, “Same thing as if a man orders everyone around he’s a “boss” but if a woman does the same thing oh she’s a “bitch”. However, many were also quick to slam Joseph’s tweet, implying that he was overlooking the main issue people have with Taylor’s music.
One Twitter user fired back saying, “I don’t have a horse in this race, but it seems like ppl always cry feminism/patriarchal system when legitimate dissent is thrown her way.” And another slammed Taylor for keeping quiet and not using her platform, and for continuing to play the victim, saying, “Taylor hasn’t tweeted support of hurricane victims or used her social media for better causes. AND she could have said ‘yes’ Kanye called me.”
So it’s no question there IS a solid debate to be had here, and it comes down to quality of music vs. a much more crucial issue at stake. But I do find it interesting that Joseph, as a male, feels the need to step forward and call out sexism. And judging by Taylor’s lack of involvement in online debates, it’s still up in the air whether or not she will chime in, or if all the chiming in is to be done in the form of an album come November 10th. Can it be November already?
Until then, let’s see if we can practice a healthy debate here, so right now I want to hear all your thoughts on Joseph’s tweet regardless of which side you’re on, and you can do all that down here in the comments. After that, click right over here to see the four major records Taylor broke following the music video’s release. Thanks for hanging out with me here on Clevver News, I’m your host Naz Perez and I’ll see you next time
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