Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s bad blood isn’t going away. Perry’s “Swish, Swish,” the new track she dropped on Friday, May 19, seems to be a total clap back at her former friend. It’s been two years since Swift’s “Bad Blood,” but despite Katy’s claim to be the kind of person who wants to rise above the bad stuff, it looks like she’s left the high road behind.
Hollywood Life wrote that Perry’s “Swish, Swish” might be “the most hypocritical thing Katy has ever done.” She’s been super outspoken about Taylor since the two singers got their hate on. Katy once made “a jab” at the “Blank Space” singer with some righteous indignation over Swift’s “Bad Blood” when she tweeted that Taylor is the kind of person who “capitalizes on the takedown of a woman.”
Perry won’t say that the new song is actually about Taylor Swift, but Rolling Stone (via Entertainment Weekly) wrote that she quoted a line from her song that sounded like it could have been a warning. When asked whether “Swish, Swish” is Katy’s song about Taylor Swift as retribution for “Bad Blood,” Perry said she couldn’t say whether Taylor’s song was actually about her.
She added that on the new album, “there is no one thing that’s calling out any one person,” but Katy didn’t stop there.
“You can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone,” she said, and then went on to insist her vehemence wasn’t directed at a particular person.
There are some intense, angry lyrics in “Swish, Swish,” and many fans aren’t buying that Katy’s new song has nothing to do with Taylor Swift. Perry is still insistent that she’s all about helping women unite, but lyrics like “you’re calculated” and “you’re ’bout cute as an old coupon expired” have Swifties rising up in fury.
One tweeter wrote that Taylor out wrote Katy Perry’s Swish Swish even though her own song wasn’t all that well-written.
Taylor Swift's Bad Blood is one of the 'not so lyrically good written' from 1989 but still outwrote Katy Perry's Swish Swish. ????
— ♪ (@emmaaaan1989) May 19, 2017
Another Swiftie was even meaner in defense of the 1989 singer, tweeting that Katy Perry sounds ridiculous and “Swish, Swish” is trash and a flop.
Why is Katy Perry trying so hard to be Hip? She is starting to sound so RIDICULOUS. New song Swish Swish is TRASH. FLOP ! @taylorswift13
— SOCIOLOGICAL (@sociologiks79) May 19, 2017
Perry, who worked on the song with Nicki Minaj, won’t confirm yet that it’s anything to do with her competitor, but Taylor’s friend Ruby Rose is certain that Perry is attacking Swift. Rose said Perry’s song is “a sloppy mess of writing,” but she admitted that Nicki Minaj is “great on it.” Ruby replied to comments on her Katy Perry Twitter shade that Minaj’s part in “Swish, Swish” is “basically the only part that doesn’t sound a mess.”
"Purposeful poop" to "bomb a petit" to a sloppy mess of writing over the top of Funkagenda..stop trying to make 'Wit..I mean "fetch" happen.
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 19, 2017
The Perry and Swift feud is getting to the point that some music fans are completely fed up with both singers. A Twitter user said that Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are both rats, and he doesn’t care about their bad blood or the fight between the two pop stars.
katy perry and taylor swift are both rats and i couldn't care less about the feud between them
— SETHAMPHETAMINES (@tooblunttt) May 19, 2017
Another music lover says she’ll never be interested in anything that Perry, Swift, or Minaj ever do. Feuds get attention, but some celebrity fights just make people sick of the people fighting.
I will never be interested in anything Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, or Taylor Swift does.
— freedom ???? (@liberatesarrah) May 19, 2017
According to Forbes, Katy Perry is having a lot of problems staying popular, despite her nine No. 1 singles that make her one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. The outlet wrote that “things really aren’t going well for the pop star,” and dropping “Swish, Swish” won’t make any difference.
When Witness is finally released, it may start at No. 1, but Katy’s career recently hasn’t kept people coming back for more. This may be the moment for Katy Perry that every star fears, when “the public isn’t interested in what [she] has to offer.”
What do you think? Are Katy Perry’s “Swish, Swish” lyrics about Taylor Swift, and will Perry hang on to her incredible popularity?
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