Taylor Swift accused of ripping off Spike Jonze ad in music video
Taylor Swift better watch her reputation as a scene-stealer.
Months after Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” music video caught flak for ripping off Beyoncé, the singer has ruffled a new set of feathers after debuting the clip for her single “Delicate.”
Swift’s latest music video premiered Sunday night, and it didn’t take long for fans to recognize striking similarities between it and a 2016 perfume ad for Kenzo, helmed by famed director Spike Jonze.
The singer, 28, kicks off “Delicate” seemingly bored of her fame and sick of having to fake it for fans and the press. She practices her happy face in the mirror, and goofs off, contorting her mug into a spastic grin before she’s interrupted.
Margaret Qualley dances just like Swift does in the Kenzo ad.
Soon, though, she realizes she’s suddenly become invisible, and lets loose, kicking off her heels and dancing in a manner best described as spastically inelegant.
Meanwhile, Jonze’s ad — starring trained ballerina and actress Margaret Qualley — features a strongly similar plot. Qualley starts the clip in a similarly-toned dress looking bored at a gala before she makes her escape and goes wild to the tune of “Mutant Brain” by Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums ft. Assassin.
In both clips, the stars contort their faces and flail their limbs, and both confront men in similar manners.
“Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’ video is a poor man’s version of Spike Jonze’s ad for Kenzo, this bop deserved more,” user @wtfcylon wrote on Twitter.
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“Anybody else notice that the @taylorswift13 ‘Delicate’ music video ripped off Spike Jonze’s Kenzo video? It’s almost beat-for-beat, just with worse dancing,” user @ClaytonSpinney wrote.
Meanwhile, Swift’s music video — directed by her frequent collaborator Joseph Kahn — also appears to have borrowed inspiration from Fatboy Slim’s 2000 music video for “Weapon of Choice,” starring Christopher Walken.
In that clip, the “Deer Hunter” actor dances around a fancy venue — and even sashays into an elevator just as Swift does in “Delicate.”
Watch all three videos below and judge for yourself.