Who Taylor Swift's New Song Is REALLY About

Who Taylor Swift's New Song Is REALLY About

Like her music video teaser warned us: brace for impact.

As a self-proclaimed Taylor Swift fanatic, I was ecstatic to hear her single, "Look What You Made Me Do" from her upcoming album, Reputation.

The music video is set to premiere at the 2017 VMA's on Sunday, August 28th at 8 p.m. - which, by no coincidence, I assure you, is being hosted by Katy Perry. Just a couple months after Taylor re-released her entire music canon on Spotify on the same night Katy dropped her new album, "Witness", Taylor is once again rightfully reclaiming her spotlight.

"I don't like your little games."

Games? Need I even bring up the drama between Taylor, and Kanye and Kim Kardashian? Which, is unconfirmed, was nothing more than just a PR stunt to boost listeners to Kanye's "Famous." Kanye, you did not, in fact, make Taylor famous. She made herself famous by being one of the greatest lyricists and musicians of all time, and her fan base is infinitely larger and more dedicated to her talent than your fans will ever be. But, moving on.

"Don't like your tilted stage."

Reference to Kanye, as shown above, on his recent tour? And need I remind ANYONE about the original Kanye-Taylor beef? Didn't think so.

But the stage reference could also connect to Katy Perry, with whom Taylor has been in a long-time feud? Also possible, because Katy allegedly "stole" Taylor's backup dancers for her tour.

"The role you made me play, of the fool, no, I don't like you."

Almost as legendary as Taylor's world-shattering lyrics, is her, dare I say, famous response to the Kim and Kanye drama: "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one I have never asked to be apart of." The role that Kim and Kanye assigned Taylor, however, was that of a snake, rather than a fool. Hmm.

"I don't like your perfect crime, How you laugh when you lie. You said the gun was mine, isn't cool, no, I don't like you."

I believe it's true that Kim and Kanye framed and lied about Taylor's approval of Kanye's "Famous" lyrics. He only wishes his lyrics could ever be as famous as hers.

"But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time."

Taylor did take the man who sexually assaulted her to court. And won. So there's that.

"Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time."

Haters have tried to "kill" Taylor every time she changed up her music style. But every time, Taylor comes back better than ever and gains even more fans. She has also bounced back after breakups with stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Harry Styles, and Calvin Harris. That's impressive.

"I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined."

Throwback to Blank Space:

"I've got a blank space baby, and I'll write your name."

Is this the same list, or two different ones? Perhaps it's a hit list filled with people who have dared to cross her.

"I check it once, then I check it twice."

If by "check" she means checkmark, she's dealt with the devil on two separate occasions, or at least plans to. "Bad Blood" is known for being about Katy Perry, so is she preparing to tear Katy down again in a new song, after Katy released "Swish Swish" about Taylor?

If she means "check" as in go back and review, she is preparing for battle.

"I don't like your kingdom keys. They once belonged to me. You ask me for a place to sleep, locked me out and threw a feast - what!?"

Taylor has been called America's sweetheart. This is Taylor Nation. Both Kanye and Kim, as well as Katy, have tried to usurp her position as queen. Not so fast, hunnies!

"The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama. But not for me... all I think about is karma."

The media is always picking Taylor apart, and including her in narratives such as the Kim and Kanye drama. But there's always a bigger and better gossip and scandal to move onto. Meanwhile, Taylor is in the wings plotting her revenge.

"And then the world moves on, but one thing's for sure. Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours."

Taylor has been hit hard. There was a time when #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty was trending on Twitter.

"Look what you made me do, look what you just made me do."

What exactly is Taylor referring to in this repetitive chorus? No one knows for sure.

"I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me. I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams."

And now, the best part of the entire song. When I first heard this, just a few minutes after the midnight release, I actually screamed.

"I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead!"

BOLD. Whoever this new Taylor is, she is not going to be anything like the Taylor we've known and loved for the past decade.

After the song dropped, Taylor wrote in her Twitter bio, "The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now."

Whatever you have coming for us, Taylor, we are not ready. But we have never been more excited.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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