Taylor Swift does not march to the beat of her private drummer, in accordance with the Beyhive.
The “ME!” singer opened the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with an Easter egg-hued rendition of her new single with Panic on the Disco’s Brendon Urie — and defending Beyoncé followers had been buzzing about it on-line.
Many generally known as out the 29-year-old pop star’s apparent co-opting of marching band iconography in her effectivity.
Some felt it was a blatant ripoff of the Bey’s smash hit Netflix reside efficiency film, throughout which she transformed the Coachella stage into a “Homecoming” celebration throughout the HBCU (historically black college and faculty) customized — full with uniformed marching drummers throughout the spirit of Morehouse, Spelman and Howard universities.
“I always dreamed of going to an HBCU,” Beyoncé, 37, says throughout the film. “My college was Destiny’s Child. My college was traveling around the world, and life was my teacher.”
But Wednesday night, it was Swift who was getting schooled on social media.
“Who is this opening act copying #Beyonce with the marching band?…Ughh. It’s #TaylorSwift #BBMAs,” Kenya Brome tweeted.
Kevin Edwards agreed, posting”Taylor Swift is copying Beyonce as soon as extra,” Kevin Edwards tweeted. “Her marching band was better #BBMAs.”
This isn’t the first time Swift has confronted cries of cultural appropriation. The “Shake It Off” music video from her fifth album elicited on-line outrage throughout the hip-hop neighborhood for displaying her clad in gold chains whereas twerking alongside black backup dancers.
“[The video is] inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” tweeted hip-hop artist Earl Sweatshirt in August 2014. “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.”
Of course, Beyoncé herself has confronted a common stream of accusations that she borrows from completely different artists over time. A 2013 op-ed in Billboard journal, “When Beyoncé’s Inspiration Turns Into Imitation,” listed a host of alleged infringements, from songwriting credit score to bop strikes to video visuals.