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Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have been embroiled in a mutually embarrassing feud for a while. It became public when Swift told Rolling Stone in 2014 of an unnamed female singer who inspired “Bad Blood,” “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me … I don’t think there would be any personal problem if she weren’t competitive.”
However, now Perry has a different version of events. (Though she never commented on the beef previously, now that her singles from Witness aren’t selling, this may be a tactic to drum up buzz for the unfortunate “Swish Swish.”)
“It’s about backing dancers,” Perry told James Corden on Carpool Karaoke on May 22. “It’s so crazy! OK, so there are three backing dancers that went on tour with her tour, right? And they asked me before they went on tour if they could go, and I was like, ‘Yeah, of course. I’m not on a record cycle, and get the work, and she’s great and all that. But I will be on a record cycle in about a year, so be sure to put a 30-day contingency in your contract so you can get out if you want to join me when I say I’m going back on.’ So that year came up, right? And I texted all of them—because I’m very close with them—and I said, ‘Look, just FYI: I’m about to start, I want to put the word out there.’ And they said, ‘All right, we’re going to talk to management about it.’ And they did. And they got fired. And I tried to talk to her about it, and she wouldn’t speak to me.” Perry added: “It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me.”
“Bad Blood” was the weakest song on 1989, and “Swish Swish” has lyrics so poor that they’d be almost self-deprecating if Perry had any self-awareness. Please, ladies, give it a rest, not just for the sake of your own dignity, but also for our ears. Y’all can both do better than this.