Taylor Swift called out Kim Kardashian at her first Reputation show

end gameTaylor Swift kicked off her Reputation tour in Arizona on May 8, and after a few weeks of hints about the tour, we finally know what Taylor and her team have been working on — and it involves some serious soul-baring onstage, as well as a shoutout to her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.

Though the Reputation album itself deals with some of the controversy and fallout Tay experienced after the Kim Kardashian-Kanye West Snapchat leak back in 2016, Taylor has never really spoken publicly about it before — until now (snake references in her music videos notwithstanding). She decorated her Reputation stage with snakes, the emoji that Kardashian’s fans used against her post-leak, and opened up about the experience during the show.

Taylor asked the audience what they thought about the snakes, then explained their significance in her life at the moment. “A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on,” she said. “A lot of people were calling me a lot of things on social media. I went through some really low times for a while because of it. I went through sometimes when I didn’t know if I was going to get to do this anymore.”

Apparently, she decided to use the snake motif to make a point about bullying. “I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name calling to bully you on social media, and even if a lot of people jump on board with it, that doesn’t have to defeat you. It can strengthen you instead,” she said. “I learned a really important lesson that I’ve been telling you from the stage for about 10 years, but I never had to learn it so harshly myself — and that lesson has to do with how much you value your reputation.” The singer went on to say that her break from the spotlight helped her figure out who she really was and who she wanted to be, and emphasized the value of having good friends around you who know who you are at heart.


That’s not all that happened at the tour, either. When performing her Reputation song “Gorgeous,” Taylor took a minute to shout out another important person in her life as of late: her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, who was in attendance at the first show. Fans captured her pointing at him during the song and totally lost it. Taylor has kept this relationship pretty private except for song lyrics and a few secretive symbols, so to see outright PDA from the two was pretty major.
But, after all, this is a new era for Taylor: she has shied away from press interviews since Reputation came out, and it seems she is now ready to use her own (literal) platform to take control over the narrative. Are we ready for it?

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Katy Perry just sent Taylor Swift a literal olive branch

Katy PerryThe Katy Perry –Taylor Swift “feud” appears to be over.

Swift took to Instagram Stories on Tuesday (May 8) and revealed that Perry sent her a literal olive branch and a note saying she was ready to “clear the air” over their miscommunications.

“So I just got to my dressing room and found this actual olive branch,” Swift said on Instagram Stories. (She’s currently in Glendale, Arizona, about to kick off the first night of her Reputation tour.) “This means so much to me.” She captioned the video with, “Thank you, Katy” and a simple pink heart emoji.

Check out the clip for yourself, below:

Perry hasn’t responded to Swift’s Instagram Story yet, but this more or less confirms that whatever drama was happening between her and Swift is over now. If you recall, Perry said in May 2017 that her and Swift’s four-year-old feud started because of a misunderstanding between backup dancers who worked for both singers. This incident was reportedly the inspiration behind Swift’s hit 2014 song, “Bad Blood,” and Perry supposedly responded with her track “Swish Swish” last year.

This is the first time in years Swift has publicly acknowledged this “beef.” Perry, on the other hand, spoke at length about it when she was promoting her album Witness last year. “Listen, I’d love for the beef to end. I’d love to take it off the barbecue,” Perry told Sirius XM’s The Morning Mashup in 2017.

Perry and Swift’s fans, naturally, are freaking out over this news.

 

Many of these people are saying what’s exactly on my mind now: It’s time for these two pop queens to collaborate. They’re each music-making talents in their own rights, and a song between them would be fire. And chart-topping!

It looks like we don’t have bad blood anymore, guys.

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Taylor Swift fans are spamming Karlie Kloss with rat emojis because of course they are

Karlie KlossLast week something totally standard and benign happened between Adult Woman Katy Perry and Adult Woman Karlie Kloss: They met for a sushi dinner in West Hollywood. Because Twitter exists, though, Taylor Swift fans were quick to turn this hang-out into a capital-T Thing. You see, to them, Kloss isn’t a 25-year-old woman capable of making decisions for herself: She’s a member of Swift’s “squad,” and therefore must pledge allegiance solely to her. Apparently, that means no dinner dates with Perry, who’s infamously been beefing with Swift—at least publicly—for years now (ya know: “Swish Swish” and “Bad Blood” and all that petty, Auto-Tuned nonsense).

Nonsense is the operative word in the above sentence because that’s exactly what this is: an attempt to create drama where there is none. Truthfully, there’s probably no “beef” between any of these women at all. It’s 100 percent possible for someone to hang out with a person who doesn’t get along with one of their friends. The world will still turn. “Ready for It” and “Bon Appétit” will still be bops.

Don’t tell this to the Swifties, though, because they’re really trying to stir up some blond pop star drama. First, they “scolded” Kloss on Twitter in early January for captioning a video campaign in which she plays basketball “Swish Swish.” (Again, LOL-ing at “scold.” Kloss is 25! She pays taxes!) And now, in light of the Sushi Date Heard ‘Round the World, they’re spamming Kloss’s Instagram comments with rat emojis. Why rat emojis, you ask? Because Swift reclaimed the snake emoji after the Kim Kardashian Snapchat drama and snakes eat rats and, OMG, I can’t believe these are actual words we’re saying in 2018. This is not what Robert E. Kahn and Vint Cerf intended when they invented the Internet!

Check out the emoji-spamming for yourself, below. No, this isn’t a fever dream. You’re really looking at fans spamming Kloss’s Instagram with rat emojis because she ate raw fish with a singer other than Taylor Swift.

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Photography: Instagram/@Karliekloss
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Photography: Instagram/@Karliekloss

Where does our society go from here, really? Aren’t we past this reductive female feud drivel? I, for one, am excited to live in a world where women can eat sushi with whomever they want—whenever they want—without fear of emoji retaliation. What song does Swift have to record to help us get there? Does she need to release something with Kloss and Perry? Call Jack Antonoff immediately. Let’s make this happen.

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Katy Perry and Karlie Kloss hung out together, so obviously the apocalypse is near

Katy Perry
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Do you hear that? That’s the sound of Earth’s crust rupturing and hell’s fiery gates opening, because Taylor Swift’s Coding Friend Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift’s “Swish Swish” Nemesis Katy Perry ate sushi together in West Hollywood last night. That’s right, people: Two grown women who share a maybe-rocky mutual acquaintance decided to eat raw fish together in a trendy California restaurant. In other words, the event all those Y2K conspiracy theorists were yammering about 18 years ago has finally happened, and we’re all doomed. See the photo, below, and check your vitals after.

What, you don’t remember the warning that one day Perry and Kloss would stop caring about what “TaylorSwift4Eva” fan accounts were saying about them and hang out? That the era of squad-dom would soon end and Kloss would start the Perry tribute band she’s always dreamed of? That the snake emoji would take on a life of its own? Well, it’s happening! Wake up! Grab your garlic and tinfoil hats and barricade yourselves in a bunker covered in “Bad Blood” memorabilia—because the world as we once knew it is over.

Actually, don’t do any of that stuff. In fact, go to your fridge, pop open an orange soda, and take a breather. Perry and Kloss kicking it affects nothing and no one—including Taylor Alison Swift. Somewhere at this very moment, she’s probably listening to either “Delicate” or “End Game,” doing CrossFit with her cats, and not giving a single fuck that Perry and Kloss ate spicy tuna rolls together and talked about Joshua Kushner’s face. (Kloss is dating Joshua, ICYDK.) It’s a groundbreaking concept, I know, but a woman can hang with someone who has beef with one of her friends, and the world will still turn. Crops will still grow. Kloss can post the phrase “Swish Swish” all she wants, and Donald Trump’s hair will continue to orbit as usual.

The real mystery here, though, is whether or not Kloss suggested “Roulette” as Perry’s next Witness single. Seriously, why is she sleeping on that bop?

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Kim Kardashian’s literally sending gifts to her haters—including Taylor Swift

But back to the gift: Kim posted a list to Snapchat of all the “lovers” and “haters” she’s planning on sending her new fragrances to. She has three scents: BFF (which is pink), BAE (blue), and Ride or Die (purple), and everyone on her list was assigned a color.

The “Ride or Dies” are written on purple sticky notes, and they include Jennifer Lawrence, Chrissy Teigen, and Paris Hilton—the usual suspects. The “BFFs” are in pink and include Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner—again, typical.

But it’s the celebrities in blue—the “BAES,” a.k.a. her “haters”—that are noteworthy. Here’s whom she included: Sarah Michelle Geller, Janice Dickinson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Pink, Bette Midler, Chelsea Handler, Piers Morgan, Naya Rivera, Blac Chyna, Wendy Williams, Sharon Osbourne, and Taylor Alison Swift.

“I’m going to send them to my lovers, to my haters, [and] to everyone I think of, because it’s Valentine’s Day, after all,” Kim says in the Snapchat. Take a look at this hit list for yourself, below:

Kim Kardashian Snapchat

I’m confused. Was Kim not flattered by all the sweet things Swift said about her on Reputation? Does she not remember the time Handler said Keeping Up With the Kardashians gets “good ratings”? Why is she trying to give Piers Morgan more press?

Her motivation for this is unclear. Maybe Kim has a sudden appreciation for Hocus Pocus or is watching old episodes of Glee and feeling nostalgic. Maybe she wants a DVD of Chloë Grace Moretz’s incredible work in Big Momma’s House 2.Who the hell knows? Either way, it’s happening: Soon everyone who has picked a fight with the Kardashians—either imaginary, in the tabloids, or in real life—is about to receive a giant heart-shaped bottle with Kim’s name on it. Delicious.

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of T-Swift writing a new song called “Perfume.”

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Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ – who ARE the silence breakers?

Time magazine has released its ‘Person Of The Year’, and the decision is worlds apart from what President Trump tweeted on November 24.

Instead, the magazine chose “The Silence Breakers”: referring to the women who have spearheaded a movement for women and men to speak up about sexual harassment and assault. On the cover, there are six women: Actor Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, corporate lobbyist Adama Iwu, and Mexican strawberry-picker Isabel Pascual.

Many more were featured as being part of the moment, and one of them is Tarana Burke, who is an advocate for sexual assault victims. She notably created the Me Too mantra, and this was picked up by actor Alyssa Milano (also listed as a ‘Silence Breaker’) who urged people to share their experiences on Twitter. #MeToo has now been hashtagged over 825,000 times, and it has been translated into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, and #Ana_kaman.

The magazine’s editor in chief Edward Felsenthal told the Todayshow that the #MeToo movement represented the “fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by women and some men too.”

[The #MeToo movement] represented the fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by women and some men too.

The Me Too movement was spearheaded after a string of harassment allegations against numerous Hollywood stars. Over 50 women have made allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Lupita Nyong’o, and Ashley Judd (featured on the cover).

Other noted men that have faced sexual harassment claims this year can’t even be listed in one breath: Ed Westwick, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Danny Masterson, Brett Ratner, Bryan Singer, Steven Seagal, John Lasseter, Louis C.K., John Travolta, Jeremy Piven, George Takaei, Matt Lower, Jeffrey Tambor, and James Toback have all had allegations made against them. Toback, the independent film director, was accused by Selma Blair for making her strip for him in his hotel room. She told Time “I had heard from others that he was slandering me, saying these sexual things about me, and it just made me even more afraid of him.” Blair was listed as one of Time‘s “Silence Breakers”.

Taylor Swift was one of the more famous faces on the cover. She complained about Denver radio DJ David Mueller for reaching under her skirt, who was then fired for his actions. He sued Swift for millions, and she responded by countersuing for one dollar and testified about the incident, telling his lawyer: “I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault […] I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions. Not mine.”

The unfamiliar women on the cover include those who have spoken out against sexual harassment – Isabel Pascual (who’s name has been changed and is showing only her arm) voiced her experience of being stalked and harassed at a march in LA. She told Time: “It doesn’t matter if they criticize me. I can support other people who are going through the same thing.”

The final two faces on the cover are Susan Fowler and Adama Iwu. Susan wrote a blog post about her experiences of harassment as an engineer at Uber. It went viral and led an investigation, ending in the departure of CEO Travis Kalanick, and over 20 other employees. Adama invited 147 women to sign an open letter to Californa’s capital, launching a state-senate investigation. She said “Young women told me about the same men who harassed me years ago. […] But you have to address it head on and as a group. We can’t all be crazy. We can’t all be sluts.”

Taylor Swift wrote a poem for British ‘Vogue,’ and it’s so powerful

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift lyrics are in a category all their own, and I don’t mean that in a gushy way; literally, they’re just in a different league. Every song in her discography—from 2006’s Taylor Swift to Reputation—is a singular blend of melodrama and introspection. They’re campy but cutting, autobiographical but ambiguous. Her songwriting style is polarizing, simply put, which is why the world freaks out whenever she releases a new record. It’s become a sport now to decode Taylor’s lyrics and look for meanings that aren’t there (or maybe they are). That’s part of the fun—and the frustration.

We just went through one of these decoding games with the Reputation era. This time around, Taylor not only released an album with 15 songs, but two magazines stuffed with original poetry, so there was a lot for fans to unpack. And they’re not off the hook yet: British Vogue commissioned Taylor to write a poem to accompany her cover and photo shoot, and the words are classic Taylor. Take a look at it for yourself, below:

To be fair, the words in this poem are pretty general. There doesn’t seem to be anything here that points to any specifics in Taylor’s life. However, the concept of letting go of past demons and embracing your future should sound familiar to people who’ve listened to Reputation. That’s essentially what her album is about: facing the drama, rumours, and scandals that plagued her for years—the demons—and reclaiming her narrative once and for all. (Well, the album is about that and Taylor’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. Let’s just keep it real here.)

It’s a beautiful poem. I’m excited to see what whack-a-doo references the die-hard Swifties find in it.

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