UPDATE at 2:00pm PT on 9/7/2017: Kahn later said he was joking on Twitter, tweeting:
The most controversial thing about BODIED so far is that I made a joke about tank tops. At 11:59 PM tonight, the real talk begins.— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 7, 2017
Original story below:
Taylor Swift did it first.
In a new interview with the LA Times, "Look What You Made Me Do" music video director Joseph Kahn took a swipe at both Beyonce Knowles and the Beyhive while defending his video against copycat claims.
"It's not 'Formation' at all. They try to say she's wearing a black crop top and Beyoncé wore a black crop top. But they don't realize in 2015 in 'Bad Blood,' Taylor Swift was wearing a black crop top," he said of the backlash. "I really do think, by the way, that Beyoncé copied 'Bad Blood.'"
Yes, you read that correctly: "Beyoncé copied 'Bad Blood.'"
Kahn clearly isn't afraid to poke the Beyhive though. After the LA Times reporter tweeted, "But the 4 most incendiary words @JosephKahn uttered as we talked #BODIED were, by far: 'Beyoncé copied 'Bad Blood,'" he retweeted the post with the message below:
Come get it Beyhive 🐝🐝🐝🐝. The candy is right here. https://t.co/FCaz7HgeVV— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 7, 2017
Thanks to a sneak peek showing Taylor's clothes and her squad of dancers flanking her on both sides, the "LWYMMD" director was accused of stealing from Bey before the video even dropped. Kahn entered the fray at the time, tweeting, "I've worked with Beyoncé a few times. She's an amazing person. The #LWYMMDvideo is not in her art space. Love and respect to Bey."
He later addressed Beyoncé's legion of fans directly with another tweet:
Why is everyone afraid of the Beyhive? What can they do? Pop out of your twitter screen and force you to wear Gucci?— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 1, 2017
Todrick Hall, one of Swift's BFFs and a dancer in the video, spoke out about the "Formation" comparisons as well: