Don’t worry. You’re not alone if you watched Taylor Swift’s new music video and your reaction was “What - what was that?”
On the surface, the video is a bit confusing. The rap-infused song, ... Ready For It? - the second track released from Swift’s upcoming sixth studio album, Reputation - seems like it’s about a relationship. But the video is an elaborate, slickly-produced sci-fi film that stars Swift as two versions of herself: one is an evil smirking robot dressed all in black, and the other is a cyborg/mannequin trapped in a glass case.
The video is a struggle between robot Swift, who controls everything, and mannequin Swift, who desperately wants to get out of her cage. Lots of lightning is involved. At one point, mannequin Swift appears on a white horse. Then mannequin Swift goes scorched earth and lets out a mighty roar, which blows up the glass and destroys robot Swift.
Afterward, robot Swift is electrocuted while standing on a platform that reads, “They’re burning all the witches.”
It all ends as mannequin Swift climbs a set of stairs, her eyes glowing as she basks in newfound freedom, as a single tear runs down her face.
As soon as the video was released on Friday, the internet was abuzz with theories about the real meaning. In true Swiftian fashion, the pop star didn’t spill any details - though she did provide helpful clues in the form of “liking” certain Tumblr posts, in which fans posted their interpretations.
So, according to Swift’s Tumblr “likes”, here are a few of the messages behind the truly bonkers video:
So what do you think of the video? Tell us in the comments!