Taylor Swift — I Was Decked Out in Hardcore BDSM Gear for ‘Bad Blood’ Video

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and the summer of #SquadGoals.

With the release of “Bad Blood” and “Feeling Myself,” Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj have solidified the notion that #SquadGoals are the only goals that matter. That’s the takeaway from Swift’s much-awaited music video for her latest single, “Bad Blood,” which aired at the top of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. The Grammy winner, who famously named one of her cats after Mariska Hargitay’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character, has since become close personal friends with the actress herself. For days, Swift has been tweeting mysterious, scary-looking clues about the video to her 57 million followers, and Internet anticipation reached a fever pitch over the weekend.

Swift’s video, teased with nearly two weeks of Instagram promotion, paid homage to, at MTV’s count, at least 16 different movies, as well as a slew of other pop-culture references. Hargitay, 51, stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday, May 18, after appearing in Swift’s talked-about new “Bad Blood” music video, which debuted on Sunday with additional cameos from a laundry list of stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, and Lena Dunham. “It’s just so awesome and it makes me feel super badass,” Hargitay told host Seth Meyers of the music video. “I feel like my cool-factor went up with the kids and I’m really grateful, Taylor.” The SVU actress starred in “Bad Blood” as Justice with Ellen Pompeo by her side. In typical Swift fashion, she never mentions Perry by name, but has dropped enough clues in interviews that it’s fairly obvious that the former friends had a falling-out. Swift, 25, has been a longtime fan of the shows and publicized her fandom to Hargitay on one swanky evening. “I met her at the Met Gala and I was so uncool,” Hargitay told Meyers of Swift. “She’s down there and she’s like, ‘Hi, I like your show.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, thanks.’ I didn’t know that she was like, the second coming. How did Now and Laters, lounging around in a watermelon kiddie pool and feeding each other hamburgers manage to steal the thunder from Taylor Swift’s fantasy celebrity death squad?

The all-female army of supermodels and actresses marches across an abandoned city, a huge fire blazing in the background as they go to fight Swift’s enemy once more. But beneath the sleek action-movie video production values, Swift sends a rather chilling underlying message about power in Hollywood: In case you didn’t know it before, she truly has become of the most powerful women in show business. This is something Beyoncé understands well. “Feeling Myself” bears an amateurish imprint that’s reminiscent of “7/11,” which looks like it was shot on an iPhone. Why else would she gather a collection of stars across all genres, all ages and all walks of life to come together as she sings a song about an enemy?

Beyoncé is rap-singing the words to “Feeling Myself” under a city limit road sign for Coachella, with Nicki standing beside her, staring down the camera with her arms crossed, in what can only be described as boss pose. The video featured quite the range of celebrities: Some of her well-documented best friends, including supermodels Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge and Cara Delevingne. You can hear the director off-camera: “That’s dope, Nicki.” It’s a different sort of realism from just four years ago, when Beyoncé released the video for “Party.” In it, she courts the camera from the inside of a trailer as a trashy-glam version of herself still “unfinished” for public consumption, but obviously still ***flawless. They’re spontaneously captured as if to say “this is just how we goof off.” There’s Beyoncé taking selfies in a bathtub while Nicki twerks by the sink.

There’s Beyoncé and a squad of six women dancing toward you in a hotel hallway like a drunken, female, red-cup wielding gang inviting you to play Sharks vs. In other words, the “Bad Blood” video not-so-subtly serves as a warning that she doesn’t take kindly to people who turn against her, and she has some extremely influential people to back her up on that. When Beyoncé featured her on yet another “Flawless” remix, it was quite possibly the most valuable celebrity endorsement Nicki could attain outside of Lil Wayne, who launched her career. Even the title of Nicki’s most recent album is an homage to the work of Bey’s husband. “Pinkprint” is basically the “female version of a hustla” answer to Jay’s seminal “Blueprint.” For a young woman so mindful about the power of friendship, it feels noteworthy that of the 16 acts that have opened for Swift over the North American leg of her last three tours, none have been women… Swift, who loves to do things like surprise fans with Christmas gifts and give them cash for dinner, seems less interested in actual female collaboration and partnership than the appearance thereof. Remember the trailer for the “On the Run?” The one that starred not only the Knowles-Carters, but Don Cheadle, Blake Lively, Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Guillermo Díaz, and Rashida and Kikada Jones?

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