Taylor Swift Posts Creepy, Silent Teaser Video with Zero Explanation
Remember when Taylor Swift purged her social media accounts, wiping out every post and every photo? Her big "Blank Space" event of 2017.
Well she's back, uploading the same post to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram — with no words and no audio. Just a short, silent video.
Of a snake.
Okay, so, we all remember how, after enjoying two years at the very top of the celebrity food chain, Taylor Swift was betrayed in 2016.
Overexposure from being adored so strongly for her 1989 album had large portions of the population primed to turn on Taylor over pretty much anything.
They got two excuses:
First, following their breakup Calvin Harris ranted about Taylor on Twitter.
Smelling blood in the water, Kim Kardashian struck.
Months earlier, Kim Kardashian had secretly recorded a phone conversation between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.
Carefully judging her timing, Kim released a series of Snapchat videos of that call, which — though we don't get the full conversation — made it appear that Taylor Swift had been fully aware of Kanye's hurtful lyrics about her.
People who resented Taylor Swift but had been holding their silence for ages took to Twitter, and that hateful "Taylor Swift Is Over Party" was born.
And Taylor's detractors celebrated by referring to Taylor as a "snake" and by posting snake emojis as comments on her social media.
But it's impossible to look at Taylor's teaser video, of a snake's tail, and not think of those emojis.
As Taylor certainly was.
Throughout that entire shameful affair in 2016 and through Taylor's remaining largely quiet on social media since then, we've been eagerly anticipating what sort of music Taylor would write about her experience.
It looks like we're going to get to hear it at last, and before too long.
There's no telling if this video is leading up to a single or an album or both. Taylor hasn't actually said anything yet.
But we think that it's safe to say that Taylor Swift posting a snake's tail video isn't a preview of a wildlife documentary she's been working on.
We have to note that releasing a teaser that's so minor and enigmatic is such a power move and we are here for it.
Honestly, we're having so much fun imagining possible names and titles for albums and songs.
Ouroboros? That's the snake devouring its own tail, a metaphor for basically everything.
Lamia? That's a half-human, half-snake who devours young men. That would be perfect for Taylor, in the vein of "Blank Space."
Gorgon? Snakes for hair might be a little on-the-nose, but it would be a great metaphor for media attention (gaze turning folks to stone and all that).
Apep? That's the serpentine demon of the night who battles the Sun God Re to bring about eternal darkness.
Venom? Straight and to the point.
We saw the snake's tail without the snake's head, so we're not predicting a song called "Amphisbaena" just yet — though that's a two-headed snake.
Obviously, Taylor isn't going to let us name her album or the tracks on it.
If she did, though, we'd name that album "Lamia."
We think (and hope) that enough time has passed that Taylor can come back into the spotlight after being essentially absent for so long.
Taylor Swift won her countersuit against the man she accused of sexually assaulting her.
It's only been, what, a week since that victory, and she's already teasing her new music.
It looks to us like Taylor was just waiting to put her legal battle behind her before she moved forward with new music.
1989 was one of the best albums that we've heard in our lives, so we really cannot wait to hear what she'll come out with next.