A mysterious Taylor Swift is back on social media. Last week, T-Swift sent her fans downward a spiral over her social media blackout.
The “Shake it off” singer surprised the world by leaving her Twitter and IG avatars blank and shut down her official website, which meant that maybe the accounts had been hacked or a new album announcement was coming.
But now the latter appears to be the real reason. Swift posted a brief video on Instagram of what appears to be a snake against a black backdrop. She also tweeted the same video. The pop star share the video with her millions of followers. The 10-second clip featured no audio or context and appeared to show a reptilian tail recoiling.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 21, 2017
But why a snake? This may be related to her past feud with Kanye and Kim Kardashian.
Back in 2016, Kanye released the song “Famous”, included in his Life of Pablo album, and it featured the line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that bitch famous.”
Swift’s lawyers released a statement in response: “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”
But last summer, Kim Kardashian West revived the controversy by releasing evidence via Snapchat: a phone recording of Kanye and Swift’s conversation that contained Kanye asking for Swift’s approval, and Swift being in on the joke. After this, Swift haters immediately stormed her social media with snake emojis, implying that she was a sneaky person with a hidden agenda.
Taylor’s last album was released in 2014 and won two Grammy Awards. Her last single, was the Zayn Malik collaboration “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.
Previous to the cryptic message, Swift made headlines with the news of her court victory: a countersuit win against former radio host David Mueller, who the jury found guilty of assaulting Taylor back in 2013. The singer-songwriter has been out of the spotlight since her world tour wrapped, and has yet to comment about the enigmatic message.