Taylor Swift’s director came to the defense of the singer’s “Look What You Made Me Do” music video after similarities to Beyoncé’s work had the Beyhive swarming.
Swift released “Look What You Made Me Do,” her newest single, on Thursday, and announced shortly after that the song’s music video would be premiering Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The “Blank Space” singer teased a short clip of the video on Instagram, and though she only revealed three frames, the last of the three bared a striking resemblance to Beyoncé’s 2016 “Formation” video.
Twitter users were quick to slam the image, which featured Swift dressed in black and standing front and center amid a line a of male backup dancers — much like a scene in “Formation.”
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One user poked fun at Swift by putting a twist on “Formation” lyrics, in particular the line where Beyoncé sings: “My daddy Alabama, momma Louisiana/You mix that negro with the Creole, make a Texas bama.”
“My daddy Pennsylvania, momma from Pennsylvania/You mix that Pennsyl with a Vania I am from Pennslvaniaaa,” the tweet read, alongside a screenshot of Swift’s video.
But the video’s director Joseph Kahn shot down any connection to Beyoncé on Twitter Friday, saying he’d worked with Beyoncé in the past and any similarities between the videos was just coincidence.
“I’ve worked with Beyoncé a few times,” he wrote. “She’s an amazing person. The #LWYMMDvideo is not in her art space. Love and respect to Bey.”
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Kahn — who shot four videos for Swift off of her 2014 album “1989” — directed Beyoncé back when she was in Destiny’s Child, for the “Say My Name” and “Jumpin’ Jumpin'” music videos.
Meanwhile, singer, dancer and Swift squad member Todrick Hall — who has a role in the video — also appeared to come to the defense of the 27-year-old singer.
When a fan on Twitter asked why Hall would settle for “off brand” after he couldn’t snag a place in a Beyoncé video, Hall snapped back with, “Correction, I was in two Beyonce videos, one of which I choreographed. Drops the mic.”
“Formation” similarities or not, “Look What You Made Me Do” has already made quite the splash in the music world.
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The tune logged more than 8 million streams on its first day on Spotify, smashing the global first day streaming record, and also broke the YouTube record for most views in a single day, with 19 million.
Swift dropped the Jack Antonoff-produced track late Thursday night. It serves as the first single off her upcoming sixth album “reputation,” out Nov. 10.
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