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Single review: Taylor Swift – This Song is Not For ME!

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By Hannah Smith

After watching ‘ME!’, Taylor Swift’s latest release, I was left feeling unsatisfied and disgusted that the pretty pink version of her had returned, having declared her dead in 2017’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’.

The music video opens with a pastel pink python and the first thing that comes to mind is:

Is this the reincarnation of Nagini from the Harry Potter series?

The music video, so far, had been good. At this point, ten seconds into the video and, I have to say, I am enjoying it.

Then Nagini explodes into a cloud of baby pink butterflies.

I’ve got one thing to say about this: J. K. Rowling would never!

So putting this behind me, I continue to watch the music video, but the disappointment still floats around in my thoughts.

The remains of Nagini (the butterflies) fly up to a window that leads us to the two protagonists of the video: Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie – who are conversing in French.

This made my opinion shift a little because it’s something different – and it sounds cool! I took a couple of French lessons when I was younger, and let me tell you something, French is a lot harder than it looks!

Taylor and Brendon continue their French conversation, until Taylor storms out of their apartment whilst exclaiming “Je suis calme!”

For those of you don’t know, “Je suis calme” translates into ‘I am calm’, which is ironic because Taylor was the opposite of calm.

This is when the song properly starts.

Cue Taylor Swift skipping down a hallway, exaggerating every minute movement and making me massively roll my eyes.

The song is OK – I suppose. It’s definitely not my cup of tea, but it isn’t a bad song, it’s just meh.

So the song continues: pastel pinkness comes in and out of the frame more times than I can actually count. In a strange, childish and perfect pink way, the setting made me think of JoJo Siwa.

For a teenage writer who is not a large fan (or a fan at all) of the JoJo Siwa, Jake Paul etc. generation, I was disgusted. If JoJo Siwa took over the world and remodelled it to her liking, I am fairly certain that it would look something like this.

Just as I was sure that the video could not have gotten any worse…

It did.

As the chorus began, Taylor jumps into frame in a bright yellow suit (that hurts my eyes just a little) and begins a cheesy dance sequence.

I decided at this moment that this song was past the saving point.

Then I remembered something:

Brendon Urie was yet to perform his part, and when he did, he revived this song – well, at least a little.

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His vocals always amaze me and the effort he puts into every project he does is outstanding. Take a look at this GIF:

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Brendon is giving so much more than Taylor; he is giving us extra in all of the right places.

Brendon Urie: the man, the myth, the legend, the saviour of this video, single-handedly stopped me from clicking away onto something else. Suddenly, the fluffy fairytale did not matter as much to me. He made this video better, he made it bearable.

Do you disagree with me? Watch the music video and comment below.