Taylor Swift is ready for it, are you?

Kate O’Hagan, Tempo Editor

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @taylorswift
Taylor Swift’s sixth album, “Reputation,” comes out Nov. 10.

Superstar singer Taylor Swift has returned from hibernation by deleting all her old social media posts and releasing two new songs: “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready For It.”

“Look What You Made Me Do” was released on Aug. 24 after a week’s worth of videos teasing fans that something new was on its way.

But even before the song was released, fans were claiming that the new era of Taylor Swift was already “iconic.”

This, of course, is due to the fact that she was taking control of the narrative of being called a “snake” by Kim Kardashian-West. This was spurred by claims that Swift didn’t approve of, and lied, about not hearing Kanye West’s “Famous” before release, a song in which West made some distasteful remarks about Swift.

Swift adamantly refuted that she never heard the lyric in question, and Kardashian-West defended her husband by releasing a recording of a phone call between Swift and West talking about “Famous” pre-release.

While some say this makes Swift a liar and a snake for trying to play the victim card, Swift supporters are quick to defend her, saying that, while West played her part of the song and she knew of the its existence, but he never played for her the line where he called her a “b*tch.”

Swift’s reputation is often deemed as a mean girl who plays the victim card and can’t make a guy love her enough to stay, no matter how many men she dates.

Now, think what you may about Swift’s character, but she is nothing if not strategic.

“Look What You Made Me Do” takes hold of all her criticism, and allegedly takes aim for West in the lyric “I don’t like your tilted stage,” referring to the rapper’s latest tour.

Though Swift is known for her hidden messages in her lyrics, more clues were found in the music video than the song itself.

Featuring scenes of a snake serving Swift tea and her being the leader of a squad of plastic models and male dancers wearing “I heart T.S.” T-shirts, the video showcased some of the singer’s most famous critiques.

Still, she remains subtle in the imagery of the video up until its final seconds, when 15 versions of Swift are lined up on an airplane tarmac and quote some of Swift’s most noted criticisms.

With quotes like “Stop acting like you’re so nice, you are so fake” and “there she goes playing the victim again,” Swift acknowledges the criticism of herself in an act to put it all to rest. After all, the old Taylor is dead, as she states in the song.

It doesn’t matter if you love or hate the new era of Taylor Swift, she always gets the last word.

The long awaited #TaylorSwift6 album, “Reputation,” releases on Nov. 10.

Kate O’Hagan is a senior public relations/advertising major. This is her first year as tempo editor for The Flyer after being a frequent contributor last year. She has very simple dreams of writing with Shonda Rhimes, eating ice cream with Joe Biden and scaring people with Ellen DeGeneres.

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