Taylor Swift tweeted a promo image this Tuesday to plug the upcoming music video for her song The Man.
The 30-year-old singer’s post to plug the feminist anthem included an image of 19 colorfully painted arms reaching into a white hallway framed by pillars and vaulted ceilings.
Several Twitter observers noticed an eerie similarity between this picture and the famous white hallway in Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s mansion.
Taylor has carried on a long feud with Kim and Kanye and has taken swipes at them before in her 2017 music video for Look What You Made Me Do.
In The Man, an uptempo number about the struggle of being a woman in the public eye, she sings: ‘I’m so sick of running as fast as I can, wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man.’
Another poignant lyric goes: ‘I’d be a fearless leader, I’d be an alpha type. When everyone believes ya, What’s that like?’ – which has been interpreted by some fans as a reference to her feud with Kanye and Kim and the subsequent tarnishing of her ‘Reputation’.
Several people took to Twitter to share side by side comparisons of the artwork for the video and Kim and Kanye’s arched hallway.
One wrote: ‘Love taylor but why is she still hung up on the kanye s**te… you’re 30 move on’.
Another joked: ‘What is Taylor doing in Kim and Kanye’s house?’
Taylor and Kanye’s historic feud harks back to the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards.
Kanye infamously barged onstage to interrupt Taylor’s victory speech and praise her fellow nominee Beyonce.
The feud blazed back into the public eye with the release of Kanye’s song Famous, a single from his 2016 album The Life Of Pablo.
The number featured a couple of lines at Taylor’s expense, with Kanye vamping that ‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,’ and that ‘I made that b**** famous.’
In the music video for Famous, Kanye can at one point be seen lying in bed with likenesses of multiple topless people including Taylor.
Soon after the song was released, TMZ claimed that Kanye had warned her about the lyric over the phone, and that Taylor had been fine with it.
Yet a representative for Taylor soon gave a statement that said, as quoted in E! News: ‘Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single “Famous” on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.’
Months later, Kim involved herself in her husband’s feud by posting a throwback Snapchat video of Kanye discussing the song with Taylor over the phone.
The video does show Kanye running the line: ‘I feel like Taylor might still have sex,’ line by Taylor, who seemed to accept it as ‘tongue-in-cheek.’
However, it is true that in the footage Kim posted to Snapchat, Taylor cannot be heard either listening to or approving of Kanye’s calling her a ‘b****’.
Taylor quickly responded in an Instagram caption to Kim’s indiscretion, saying in part: ‘Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination.’
She closed the caption: ‘I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.’
Taylor exhumed the feud in 2017 with Look What You Made Me Do, the revenge-themed lead single off her album Reputation.
She had an early go at Kanye with the line: ‘I don’t like your tilted stage,’ after Kanye performed on tilted stages on tour.
In the most scathing dig of the song’s music video, Taylor lounges in a bathtub full of jewelry, possibly in reference to Kim’s 2016 robbery in Paris.
The robbers bound Kim at gunpoint and flung her into the bathtub of her suite at the Hôtel de Pourtalès, making off with millions of dollars worth of her jewelry.
At one point, while sitting in the bathtub, Taylor even mimes firing a gun after singing about ‘How you laugh when you lie.’
Near the end of the video Taylor pokes fun at her own handling of the feud, when several Taylors stand in a row dressed to represent different phases of her career.
One Taylor, who is as she was at the 2009 VMAs, says: ‘I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.’ The rest of them yell in unison: ‘Shut up!’