Taylor Swift is catching heat from the Beyhive after Beyoncé fans accused her of copying “Homecoming” by using a drumline during her “ME!” performance and allegedly “trying to appropriate a culture that is not hers.”
Swift opened the Billboard Music Awards Tuesday in Las Vegas with her new song, featuring Panic at the Disco’s Brendon Urie. There were bright colors, people doing acrobatics and a marching band … that’s where it gets messy.
Fans were quick to point out that Beyoncé first performed with a marching band when she brought them out during Coachella in 2018. Twitter erupted, with many accusing Swift’s performance of being the “white girl” version.
“Not only did taylor swift rip off Beyonce’s #Homecoming by trying to appropriate a culture that is not hers, but this bitch also tried to look like Beyonce’s boots,” wrote a fan on Twitter. “Taylor Swift’s performance is the white girl mediocre version of Beyoncé’s Coachella set,” tweeted another.
Other followers accused Taylor of “gentrifying” the concept, writing, “I don’t know if y’all are seeing this but Taylor Swift is gentrifying Beyonce’s Coachella performance right now.” And a few threw Kanye West’s famous line back in Swift’s face: “Taylor Swift, imma let you finish but, Beyoncé had the greatest drumline of all time.”
Taylor Swift has yet to comment on the controversy but did say her Billboard performance was “THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF FUN POSSIBLE.”