I guess we have to give Taylor Swift some begrudging applause. Even though the response to Reputation has been more muted than it was for previous albums, Taylor still knows how to hype herself and her music. The music video for “Delicate” is a perfect example. One, she “homage’d” the Spike Jonze-Kenzo video and turned this into a week-long story. Two, she has die-hard defenders who will argue and defend their Snake Queen about literally anything, which creates an echo chamber of Snake Apologia. The Snake Fam’s argument was that Taylor knows she’s a bad dancer but it doesn’t matter because she’s, like, ironically dancing and IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AWKWARD and how dare anyone think that she’s taking this seriously?
Well, almost as if she’s doubling-down on the idea that her Snake Fam needs to rally to her cause, Taylor released two behind-the-scenes videos (IG videos) of her dance rehearsals for the video. She was taking it seriously? And you be the judge if she was attempting some high-minded ironic dancing or if she genuinely thinks she’s nailing the Singin’ In the Rain/Kenzo aesthetic. Part 1:
Delicate Music Video Dance Rehearsal Part 1 ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 13, 2018 at 1:43pm PDT
Delicate Music Video Dance Rehearsal Part 2 ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 13, 2018 at 2:05pm PDT
Yeah… I can’t dance either. As much as I imagine myself being some kind of Beyonce/Janet Jackson style dancer – I still wish I could dance like the Rhythm Nation, frankly – I am not and I never will be. I know that about myself and I don’t dance around people anymore. If you’re making the argument that the whole video is about “dancing like nobody’s watching,” fair enough. That IS the message of the “Delicate” video. But the video is also “commentary” on the nature of fame and Taylor’s public reputation, and it’s also unintended commentary on how controlling she is about her image. My point? She wants us to talk about her dancing, clearly, because she just released two videos about it. The problem isn’t that we’re talking about her dancing – the problem is that she wants to be praised for being so “good” at dancing.
Screencaps courtesy of the ‘Delicate’ video.