Hell Hath No Fury Like a Pop Star Scorned

Recently at one of the biggest events in terms of popular music, The Billboard Music Awards, Taylor Swift revealed her latest musical venture, a highly anticipated video for “Bad Blood,” a song from her latest album, 1989. After hyping it up for weeks on end via Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, the video definitely didn’t disappoint. Taking “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” to a new level, she incorporated a powerhouse of a cast, including rapper Kendrick Lamar and countless actresses and singers including but not limited to Cara Delevigne, Zendaya, Jessica Alba, Hayley Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Selena Gomez.  However, the cast isn’t the only wow-factor of this video. Swift’s listeners have always loved her for the sweet, charming girl next door that she is (or was), but this video shows her audience a whole new side of her. Although some have expressed via twitter that they feel she was cast aside and made a “supporting artist” for her own song, her incorporation of so many other women shows a willingness to support and empower her fellow female artists; something that the pop music industry sees far too little of. She creates an all-star group of merciless fighting ladies led by Cindy Crawford on a mission to kick ass and take names, and with this video, she’s bringing something to pop music that we haven’t seen in a while. Instead of female pop artists constantly trying to one-up each other and compete with each other, we see a group of women working together toward a common goal (and looking damn good while they do it). She brought a group of women together who, let’s face it, would have probably never done a project together without this video. Another great part of “Bad Blood” is that it puts Swift in a powerful position, not overshadowed by male rapper Kendrick Lamar but side-by-side with him, and promotes a positive image of tough, strong women who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and fight for what they want. “Bad Blood” pushes women to the forefront with a Bridesmaids-style cast and a Kill Bill-style attitude. It’s no wonder she won eight awards and beat Garth Brooks for the record of most Billboard Awards won throughout the history of the show with Garth Brooks having 19 awards total and Taylor Swift winning her twentieth this year. - Natalie P