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Less than three months after being accused of copying Beyoncé’s “Homecoming,” Taylor Swift is being hit with another accusation of stealing ideas from her pop peer.
Following the release of the music video for Swift’s song “You Need to Calm Down,” people on Twitter and YouTube began pointing out similarities to the video for Beyoncé’s 2011 song “Party.” The comments focus on images from both videos showing colorful fur coats, trailer park settings, and the songstresses floating in the middle of an above-ground pool.
Twitter user @Miata_Shanay tweeted screengrabs from both videos showing Beyoncé and Swift floating in their pools and cooking in their respective trailers eight years apart.
“#YouNeedToCalmDown would be a beautiful (yet opportunistic) salute to the LGBT community if it weren’t a direct rip-off of Beyoncé’s #Party video,” @Miata_Shanay said.
Fans of both artists quickly took notice, with Swift fans pointing out one key difference between their videos: Swift’s trailer park is gay.
“Excuse me, but there’s more than one trailer park in America with an above ground pool,” @MikeSington said. “Besides, Taylor Swift’s trailer park is gay.”
Beyoncé fans are accusing Taylor Swift of ripping off imagery for her ‘You Need to Calm Down’ music video from Beyoncé’s ‘Party’ video. Excuse me, but there’s more than one trailer park in America with an above ground pool. Besides, Taylor Swift’s trailer park is gay. pic.twitter.com/XqaWBUHD6G— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) June 18, 2019
cool that most taylor swift music videos take place in towering italian mansions and that the latest one takes place in a gay american trailer park— Caroline (@carolinefred) June 18, 2019
Some people who replied to @Miata_Shanay’s tweet said that her accusation was a reach.
“Breaking news: Beyoncé didn’t invent pools or cooking,” @allicat_strike said.
This is a reach. Also, Beyoncé is known for stealing other artist’s content https://t.co/sZtFRatevO— Mazie Grille (@FedalAnyone) June 18, 2019
Breaking news: Beyonce didn't invent pools or cooking— Alli (@allicat_strike) June 17, 2019
But given the problematic similarities between Swift’s recent Billboard Music Awards performance and Beyoncé’s Coachella set, it’s difficult not to see any pattern of common themes as too close for comfort.
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Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.