August 21, 2017


Taylor Swift Posts Cryptic Video of Snake, Biting Back at Haters & Signaling New Music

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Hugo Hu/LP5/Getty Images for TAS

Update (8/23): Taylor Swift has revealed the album title, cover and release date.

Update (8/23): Taylor Swift is completely owning the "Taylor Swift is a snake" narrative by turning its negative connotation into promo presumably for her next music era a.k.a. TS6. For the third day in a row, she posted a video of a snake, this time of the head biting at viewers. Scroll down to watch all three snake videos and read some fan theories, including how she may be hinting at specific release dates. 

Swift capitalizing on the negative is nothing new. During her 1989 era, she mocked the media frenzy surrounding her dating life by fueling her "Blank Space" music video with "crazy girlfriend" tropes. In that video, after seeing her man texting someone else, an enraged Swift tosses his phone in a fountain, yells at him in their mansion's library and sheds mascara-coated tears alone near the fireplace.

Update (8/22): For the second-consecutive day, Taylor Swift has uploaded a video of what appears to be a snake. Fans are searching for clues about release dates for new music.

Original story (8/21): Just days after wiping out her social media of images and content, Taylor Swift posted a 10-second video of a snake's slithering tail on Aug. 21 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The cryptic visual is seemingly a response to haters constantly calling her a "snake" for the way she's handled ongoing Kanye West controversy and past breakups, including Calvin Harris.

The direct jab at critics also could mean new music is arriving soon, possibly even on Aug. 21. The social media blackout three days prior on Aug. 18 coincided with the 3-year anniversary of her announcing the name of her fifth album, 1989, and releasing the "Shake It Off" video on that same day in 2014.

She released her last album, 1989, on Oct. 27, 2014. That album, which won Album of the Year at the GRAMMYs, is now six-times platinum in the United States alone.

The hashtag #TS6isComing, in reference to her highly anticipated sixth studio album, has been trending on Twitter, with fans responding to T.Swift's actions and predicting when new music will arrive. Veteran music director Joseph Kahn, who has directed many of Swift's music videos, even tweeted a smiley face in response to Swift's snake video.