Ever since Taylor Swift dropped the video for her divisive comeback single "Look What You Made Me Do," there has been talk that Swift was referencing Beyoncé's "Formation" video in her visuals. The comparisons mainly fell to her outfit choices and choreography.
Swift has remained silent on the topic but "LWYMMD" director Joseph Kahn was quick that any similarities with Bey's "Formation" video were intentional. On August 26 he tweeted:
I've worked with Beyoncé a few times. She's an amazing person. The #LWYMMDvideo is not in her art space. Love and respect to Bey.— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) August 26, 2017
He has now doubled down on this stance in a new interview with Los Angeles Times in which he states outright that Beyonce actually "copied" a Lemonade look from Swift's cameo-packed "Bad Blood" video.
"I suddenly understood the conflict of what’s going on in society and what battle rap serves, what prism to look at the movie through," Kahn said of the feedback he has received from the new video. "It’s not ‘Formation’ at all. They try to say she’s wearing a black crop top and Beyonce wore a black crop top. But they don’t realize in 2015 in ‘Bad Blood,’ Taylor Swift was wearing a black crop top. I really do think, by the way, that Beyoncé copied ‘Bad Blood.’"
Shortly after the interview was published Kahn tweeted that he couldn't "give a fuck about tank tops."
Article where I said Beyoncé copied Bad Blood tank tops. Seriously, do you think I give a fuck about tank tops lol.https://t.co/apOFnIzWXC— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 7, 2017
The FADER has reached out to Kahn for further comment.