Katy Perry just released the official music video for “Swish Swish” – and we’d like to believe that it’s a response to Taylor Swift’s 2014 “Bad Blood.” The video dropped yesterday, just hours before Taylor Swift released her latest single.
Fans of Katy Perry (and Taylor Swift) are all aware of her long-running feud with Taylor. After Taylor dropped “Bad Blood”, Katy responded to the diss with the tweet “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing”.
The tweet went massively viral, and now the image is immortalised in video Swish Swish, which sees Katy battle it out with rival basketball team “The Sheep”. The Sheep mascot is, you guessed it, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, hinting at Taylor perhaps not being as nice as she’d like people to think she is.
And when you take a closer look at the video, the whole concept is about Katy coming for Taylor’s crown. Katy’s team are The Tigers – an image which is strongly linked to Katy’s brand as she has used tiger imagery in some of her most iconic performances. She famously rode a tiger during her performance of Roar at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, and tigers and cats have cropped up in music videos and other performances too.
Here’s the takeaway message we got from the video – The Tigers beating The Sheep in is essentially a nod to the fact that if you come after Katy, she is going to have something to say about it. Watch the video above to see the Perry vs Swift feud unravel.