"Am I the only one who's angry at Taylor Swift's new video? This is 'Ghost in the Shell' all over again," one hater tweets.
Taylor Swift debuted the music video for "...Ready For It?" early Friday morning, and it's already causing a stir.
Although the video's director, Joseph Kahn, insists the video for Swift's second single off her upcoming album is an "homage to sci-fi and anime," others are pointing out its eerie similarities to "Ghost in the Shell," which is prompting the age-old discussion about Hollywood's continued whitewashing of traditionally Asian roles in the same year Scarlett Johansson was criticized for playing the part of Major Mira Killian. And many feel the video was full of cultural appropriation.
Most Swifties are happy with the outcome, saying the video signified Taylor freeing herself from society's expectations, but tons of others are pissed at the pop star. See a sample of the backlash Tay Tay and her new video ignited in the tweets below.
It's an homage to sci-fi and anime. Break open your DVD's. Nerdgasm coming.— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) October 26, 2017
keep it pic.twitter.com/psx35Sdj5V— Shirley Li (@shirklesxp) October 26, 2017
lmao love this "homage to anime" that has chinese characters for "forever love," "taylor," "reputation," "snake year," "joseph," and "eddie" pic.twitter.com/o14RwC2PWt— Shirley Li (@shirklesxp) October 27, 2017
Can you believe both Asian actress Scarlett Johansson & Asian singer Taylor Swift gave us 2 versions of Ghost in the Shell? God bless Asians pic.twitter.com/vkSi2fdnjn— 👻Jamal-O'Lantern 🎃 (@reggiegotlag) October 27, 2017
I didn’t think 2017 could get more white but then Taylor Swift made a music video dressed like Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell— Julia Hansen (@julhansen3) October 25, 2017
The old Taylor seriously needs to come back from the dead UR MAKING ME EMBARRASSED TO SAY IM A FAN @taylorswift13— ⚘ (@lexxinovotny) October 27, 2017
Am I the only one who's angry at Taylor Swift's new video? This is ghost in the shell all over again— Q, Ilma Amalya (@Ilmaaq) October 27, 2017
the new taylor swift music video makes me feel like i just watched the shitty white ghost in the shell movie just smushed into 3 minutes— nia. (@purealtiago) October 27, 2017
I guess Taylor Swift in the only person that liked that Ghost in the Shell movie.#ReadyForItMusicVideo— Joe 'Monk' Pardavila (@joepardavila) October 27, 2017
TSwift's new music video is 2 seconds away from telling me her name is actually Mira and her mom is played by Kaori Momoi pic.twitter.com/CUHKaap1u5— 🎃Clara Mae 🎃 (@ubeempress) October 27, 2017
Also here’s another one pic.twitter.com/EA2ju8uTfR— SunnySwift13 (@SunnySwift13) October 27, 2017
And here’s the exact same set as in westworld. Cyberpunk going strong. pic.twitter.com/y653lWryXz— SunnySwift13 (@SunnySwift13) October 27, 2017
Annnnnd another one pic.twitter.com/lzKEQ0y6tX— SunnySwift13 (@SunnySwift13) October 27, 2017
So far, Taylor Swift’s new album seems like an identity crisis 🤷🏼♀️— holidaycheer (@holidaycheer2) October 27, 2017
taylor swift has officially lost her freaking mind— rach (@RdrReed) October 27, 2017