Last night, Taylor Swift kicked off her highly-anticipated Reputation Tour in Arizona. During the show, she sat down at her piano and got real with her fans. She opened up about that social media drama involving Kim Kardashian and Kanye West — and all those snakes.
Once the Reputation era began, Swift had a new signature. It was no longer about the red lip. Now, she was all about the snake (but she can still sport a perfect red lip). Fans speculated about its origin (how could they not?) but last night she finally opened up about it.
“You might be wondering why there are so many snakes everywhere,” she said (quote via Washington Post). “A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on. Then a lot of people were calling me a lot of things on social media. And I went through some really low times for a while because of it. I went through some times when I didn’t know if I was going to get to do this anymore.”
“I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name calling to bully you on social media, and even if a lot of people jump on board with it, that doesn’t have to defeat you. It can strengthen you instead. And I think something that came out of it that was good is that I learned a really important lesson that I’ve been telling you from the stage for about 10 years, but I never had to learn it so harshly myself — and that lesson has to do with how much you value your reputation.”
“I think that the lesson is that you shouldn’t care so much if you feel misunderstood by a lot of people who don’t know you, as long as you feel understood by the people who do know you; the people who will show up for you, the people who see you as a human being,” she finished.
Swift is, of course, referring to the time drama between herself, West and Kardashian from 2016. It all started with West rapping about how he made her famous in his song (appropriately titled), “Famous.” Then, the couple shared a video that they said proved that Swift knew about the song — and its not-so-kind lyrics. Things got even more heated with a tweet that came from West. That’s where all the snakes come into play.
Wait it's legit National Snake Day?!?!?They have holidays for everybody, I mean everything these days! 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 17, 2016
Still need a refresher on that Kimye-Swift drama? Head to Washington Post for all the 411 and for full details on night one of the Reputation Tour.