These Fan Reactions to Taylor Swift’s New Song “Look What You Made Me Do” Explain a Lot

“Look” is half diss track, half image overhaul. And Twitter has thoughts.

At precisely midnight last night, Taylor Swift dropped her first single off of her upcoming new album, Reputation, called “Look What You Made Me Do,” on us. She has made it crystal clear that this is a brand new era for her, and we’re all just going to have to catch up.

Upon first listen to the track, I personally felt a conflicting range of emotions: my internal monologue sounded a lot like “Is it revolutionary? Is it petty? Is old Taylor Swift really, as she claims, ‘dead’? Do I even like this song?” Even though the lyrics are very simply stated and straightforward, I didn’t feel like I really understood the point Taylor was trying to drive home. As I slowly but surely decided that my answer to all of the above questions is indeed, “yes,” I realized these Twitter listener reactions said it better.

At first, I really have to admit: I really didn’t like the blaming, victimized tone of the song’s title and hook. It sounded like something that a bully would say when not trying to take responsibility for their actions. This problematic connection wasn’t lost on Twitter users.

Then I got it.

That’s the point: a lot of criticism about Taylor’s work — fair or not — has claimed that her career has been founded on people who’ve done her wrong: ex-boyfriends that were trouble, friendships torn apart by bad blood. Is it her fault? Is anyone at fault?

What exactly are we looking at — what did we make Taylor do? Write a song? Ooh, burn!

The topic of the track is way different than anything we have ever heard from her before, yet it still references that tension, angst, and conflict that all of us have been through to a certain extent at some point in our lives. And I kind of dig it.

Even though I have never publicly beefed with Kanye West like Tay has, I still feel like I’m part of this very specific narrative, even though I surely never asked to be. Why is it so relatable?

You’ve got to admit, though: no matter what you personally think of this song, you know that We The People will be talking about its influence and Taylor’s incredible influence for ages to come.

And even though it’s not “catchy” in the traditional song sense, you better bet I’m going to be shower-singing it.

Taylor is set to debut the music video for this song at the MTV VMAs this weekend (HOW PERFECT, RIGHT?!), and seeing the visual accompaniment is likely to further change the way we interpret the lyrics.

I’m ready to let the music video be the decider about if I love this song or will skip over it on my playlist… but I’m also 100% confident I will be purchasing Taylor’s full Reputation album.

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Kristine Hope Kowalski

Written by Kristine Hope Kowalski

Kristine is a writer and celebrity entertainment news journalist with a specific obsession with Nickelodeon + Disney Channel shows, boy bands, K-Pop, Broadway, and international series dramas. If she's not writing or tucked away in a good book, she is most likely traveling the world and spamming her friends' Instagram feeds with photos from her adventures. Kristine has a BA in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University (2011), and an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Thought from NYU (2013). She is currently pursuing her second Master's in Journalism at Harvard.