8 Things Taylor Swift's New Music Video Looks Like
For her latest single, Swift took plenty of visual cues from the world of pop culture
For her new single “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift told her fans she wanted to make a song that sounded like nothing she’d ever done before. For the song’s video, though, she went in a more familiar direction, taking cues from all manner of popular culture.
Take a look at the eight pieces of visual inspiration we’ve spotted, below.
Taylor’s Own Music Video for "You Belong With Me":
Taylor’s love of awkward dancing (and cheerleader iconography) was evident from an early age.
The "Choreography" Scene from White Christmas:
Danny Kaye’s skewering of modern dance was slightly more barbed than Taylor’s gentle ribbing.
This Gap Commercial from 1999:
Ignore the instantly dated swing revival soundtrack and focus on the parade of happy young people enthusiastically dancing in a gigantic empty room. (Hat tip to Anne Helen Peterson for spotting this.)
The Final Dance from Center Stage:
Respect the legend of Jodi Sawyer, the first dancer to mash up classical ballet and modern pop music.
The Non-Body-Horror Parts of Black Swan:
Taylor’s ballet outfit bears a striking resemblance to the BAFTA-nominated costumes of this 2010 drama.
The Ballet Scene from Little Rascals:
We’re not saying that Taylor dances like she’s got a frog in her tutu, but we’re also not not saying that.
The Fame-Era Lady Gaga:
We would also accept Will.i.am as an inspiration for the video’s “futuristic” segment.
Lily Allen’s "Hard Out Here" Video:
The twerking backup dancers in Allen’s comeback video ignited a minor firestorm during the Great Internet Cultural Appropriation War of 2013, and judging from the initial response, it appears even Teflon Taylor isn’t immune to the same criticism.