Taylor Swift’s Music Video Director Claims Beyoncé Copied “Bad Blood”
Or, at least, Beyoncé and Taylor’s music video director, Joseph Kahn, certainly do.
Joseph stirred the Beyhive this morning when he accused Beyoncé of copying Taylor’s style in her “Bad Blood” music video, which he also directed.
While promoting his new film, Bodied, the Korean American music video director opened up about his fights with Queen Bey’s fans on Twitter.
I've worked with Beyonc 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
He, and Taylor, were accused of copying Beyoncé’s “Formation” music video, when images from “Look What You Made Me Do,” were released.
In the photos, the 27-year-old is seen wearing a black crop top and fishnet stockings, with two lines of men behind her.
It didn’t help that the setting for the video looked very similar to that of the “Formation” video.
However, Joseph outright denied copying Beyoncé’s style, and instead accused Bey of being the copycat.
“It’s not ‘Formation’ at all,” he told the Los Angeles Times about the “LWYMMD” video. “[Beyoncé’s fans] try to say [Taylor’s] wearing a black crop top and Beyoncé wore a black crop top.”
“They don’t realize in 2015 in ‘Bad Blood,’ Taylor Swift was wearing a black crop top,” he continued.
“I really do think, by the way, that Beyoncé copied ‘Bad Blood.’”
Naturally, the Beyhive was furious.
“If you ‘really’ think Beyoncé copied bad blood then you ‘really’ must’ve fallen and smacked your little head on the pavement [sic],” one person tweeted.
“Beyoncé 9/10 has never seen the music video to Bad Blood,” another person said. “He just wants attention and bitter because the hive has dragged him.”
Beyonc 9/10 has never even seen the music video to Bad Blood. He just wants attention and bitter because the hive has dragged him. https://t.co/68wWi4NKwRRay (@_BluRay__) September 7, 2017
Most fans agree, and believe Joseph’s statement was simply to garner buzz for his new film, and Joseph seemed to indicate as much.
“Come get it Beyhive,” he tweeted along with a quote to a tweet about the article. “The candy is right here.”
Come get it Beyhive . The candy is right here. https://t.co/FCaz7HgeVVJoseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 7, 2017
However, he later defended his statement with another tweet that said, “Beyhive triggered,” along with the link to a Billboard article from 2013 that calls out Beyoncé for copying various artists.
What do you think about Joseph’s accusation? Was it just a publicity stunt or does he make a valid point? Let us know your thoughts below!