Taylor Swift’s new music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” has the internet buzzing for multiple reasons. One is that the song addresses her latest feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. In the very opening lines of the song, she addresses the rapper with, “I don’t like your little games/Don’t like your tilted stage,” which is a reference to the tilted stage he performed on during his last tour.
But that isn’t the only celebrity who the songwriter is accused of referencing. In the music video, she is pictured in a tight black outfit and has dancers lined up behind her. Many think the decadent room is eerily similar to Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, and the black outfits are similar to her Black Panther Superbowl costume.
It’s possible this was on purpose, given that Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s feud all started from the songwriter taking home a VMA over Beyoncé. But we think there are a few allusions to other music artists throughout the music video that people are missing.
Here are seven hidden references in the music video — including the artists who we think were a big inspiration behind it (and no, it’s not just Beyoncé).
1. George Michael’s “Freedom” is very similar to “Look What You Made Me Do”
It’s really common for artists to reinvent themselves, and in order to do so, they address their past personas. In the “Freedom” music video, George Michael does this by literally singing the word “freedom” as he burns the leather jacket he was known for wearing in “Faith.” You can also see a jukebox explode in the “Freedom” music video, which references the one that is in the “Faith” music video.
Essentially, Michael demolished his old persona in the song. Swift is very much trying to do the same thing, showing all of her past selves fighting with each other at the end of the “Look What You Made Me Do” video.