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Taylor Swift’s Video Director: Beyonce Copied Us

September 08, 2017

Joseph Kahn, a popular music video director, who has directed a number of Taylor Swift’s videos, has accused Beyonce of copying some of his ideas.

Kahn told the Los Angeles Times that he believes Beyonce copied aspects of Swift’s video “Bad Blood,” in her “Formation” video.

The director was responding to accusations that he and Swift had ripped off “Formation” for sections of Swift’s new video for “Look What You Made Me Do”. Swift’s new video sees her dancing in a black crop top and fishnets, surrounded by backup dancers, in choreography very similar to “Formation”.

Speaking about Swift’s new video, Kahn said, “It’s not ‘Formation’ at all”.

He explained: “They try to say she’s wearing a black crop top and Beyonce wore a black crop top. But they don’t realise in 2015 in ‘Bad Blood,’ Taylor Swift was wearing a black crop top. I really do think, by the way, that Beyonce copied ‘Bad Blood’.”

Beyond the black crop top, there don’t seem to be many similarities between “Bad Blood” and “Formation”.

“Bad Blood” features Swift and many celebrity friends dressed as futuristic warriors, while Beyonce’s “Formation” has been described as a highly political video referencing the Black Panthers and celebrating black culture.

Kahn’s statement is likely to enrage Beyonce’s notoriously passionate fan base, known as the Beyhive. He doesn’t seem too worried though.

“Come get it Beyhive,” he tweeted on Thursday, posting a series of bee emojis. “The candy is right here.”

Many on Twitter have accused Kahn of making these comments to gain personal attention and to promote his movie, “Bodied”, at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Image: Taylor Swift’s LWYMMD video (Big Machine Label Group, LLC) [online image] (2017) sourced on 8 September 2017 from http://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2017728/rs_1024x483-170828051130-1024.taylor-swift-lwymmd-18.82817.jpg.