Taylor Swift has a new enemy—herself—in a sci-fi-influenced, futuristic world in the music video for “…Ready For It?”
It’s rife with visual references to films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell as a cyborg Swift in black finds another cyborg Swift in a thermoptic suit. Their battle is external and internal, and Swift in the Shell ultimately breaks free and ascends while her other self takes out as many bots as she can before she falls.
Some Swift fans tried to analyze the video while noting allusions to some of her previous videos and lyrics.
She is a genius pic.twitter.com/f2fLXM6GF6
— atreyee (@AtreyeeMaiti13) October 27, 2017
Probably way off but we tried. @taylorswift13 #ReadyForIt #ReadyForItMusicVideo ❤ pic.twitter.com/Tcc30c2L4B
— Mackenna R (@mackennariek) October 27, 2017
I got some theories…
Hope you like it 😂#ReadyForItMusicVideo#TaylorSwift pic.twitter.com/YNwkZWUZzC
— A.J. (@22Mysteries) October 27, 2017
“Who are you?”
I’m you, but stronger. #ReadyForIt pic.twitter.com/u5lkkOMcTT
— Ale | 14 DAYS (@indiexswiftie) October 27, 2017
taylor swift freed herself. what a freaking concept BYE #ReadyForItMusicVideo pic.twitter.com/uNhIPQrq4r
— spooky vanessa (@gomezgrandelit) October 27, 2017
I see u white horse reference #ReadyForIt pic.twitter.com/HRWJRbt6Ku
— Spooky Sophie 🎃👻 (@sophdoesnails) October 27, 2017
PURE happiness for freeing yourself because you took control of YOUR OWN NARRATIVE!!!#[email protected] @JosephKahn 😭 pic.twitter.com/jSqHb3G6s2
— Zainub Amir (@zainubamir) October 27, 2017
Others saw the video as a visual interpretation of something we’re much more familiar with.
Life imitates art #ReadyForItMusicVideo #ReadyForIt pic.twitter.com/hXiCNkAXXN
— Diciembre. (@_drvgs_) October 27, 2017
Taylor Swift right now in the #ReadyForItMusicVideo pic.twitter.com/b7aIG52TRp
— Taylor Swift | FOTP (@FOTPTaylorSwift) October 27, 2017
More than one person noted the irony in Swift’s thermoptic suit being inspired by the widely panned Ghost in the Shell.
Confirmed: At least one person liked Ghost in the Shell#TaylorSwift pic.twitter.com/de7GDIAHrI
— Josh K. Elliott (@joshkelliott) October 23, 2017
Can you believe both Asian actress Scarlett Johansson & Asian singer Taylor Swift gave us 2 versions of Ghost in the Shell? God bless Asians pic.twitter.com/vkSi2fdnjn
— 👻Jamal-O’Lantern 🎃 (@reggiegotlag) October 27, 2017
wow Taylor is the world’s only fan of White Ghost In The Shell
— Molly Lambert (@mollylambert) October 27, 2017
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