Target Practice

Target Practice: Taylor Swift “Look What You Made Me Do”


Welcome to Target Practice where bad popular songs of the past and present get shot. Taylor Swift. My patience with this girl is at zero. It’s not just that she’s an overrated artist, but she’s also despicably entitled. She has turned into the real-life Regina George. This is someone who made an entire career off of songs dissing people without naming names, who sued a fan for playing her music in their wedding video, who trademarked the year 1989 and the phrase “this sick beat.” And then there’s the Famous debacle with Kanye where she apparently let him mention her in his song and then denied it when the song came out. Then his wife released audio of their conversation, making her look like a liar liar, pants on fire. Shade has always been a part of her and she’s doing it again with new music. If today’s Target Practice victim and the follow-up are indication, her upcoming album is shaping up to be her worst. This is Look What You Made Me Do.

No single artwork (seriously, what the hell is up with that?)

I don’t like your little games
Don’t like your tilted stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don’t like you
I don’t like your perfect crime
How you laugh when you lie
You said the gun was mine
Isn’t cool, no, I don’t like you (Oh!)

Girl, you’re the one caught in a lie. Kanye made you look like a fool, which wouldn’t be the first time this happened.

But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time

Rose up from the dead? You are a multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning international superstar worth $280 million. Very few artists these days match your achievements. In no situation are you an underdog.

I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
I check it once, then I check it twice, oh!

Talk about bitterness. If there’s something both Taylor Swift and Trump have in common (besides white privilege), it’s that they’re both thin-skinned when it comes to criticism against them and hold grudges with the bitterness of a child whose favorite toy was taken away from them.

Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

And here’s what takes up a third of the song, this nonsense. One, no one made you do anything, your actions are all on you. Two, if this sounds familiar to you music heads, that’s because it is. This chorus interpolates Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy. You know. The song that I named the worst hit of 1992? Add that to the list of reasons why I hate this song.

I don’t like your kingdom keys
They once belonged to me
You asked me for a place to sleep
Locked me out and threw a feast (What?)

Oh, don’t cry about it. I’m sure you can buy yourself another castle for yourself.

The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
And then the world moves on, but one thing’s for sure
Maybe I got mine, but you’ll all get yours

Is it just me or does this sounds like the monologue of a Saturday morning cartoon super villain?

“This isn’t over. The next time we meet, you’ll rue the day when you decided to cross ME, the mighty and pretty Taylor Swift. HAHAHAHAHA!!”

I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me
I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams
I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me
I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams
I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me
I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams
I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me
I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams

There was this one nightmare I had where I was strapped to a chair Clockwork Orange-style and was forced to listen to Taylor Swift’s entire discography on-repeat and I couldn’t do anything because my hands were tied up and there was a ball gag in my mouth, restricting me from yelling and I was surrounded by thousands of Taylor Swift stans obnoxiously singing along. I might have had it more than once. Also, who the fuck do you think you are, Tony Montana?

(Ooh, look what you made me do)
(Look what you made me do)
(Look what you just made me do)
“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.”
(Look what you just made me do)
(Look what you made me do)
(Look what you made me do)
(Look what you just made me do)
“Oh, ’cause she’s dead!” (Oh!)




*presses violently with the fury of a thousand dragons until hand starts bleeding and then do the same with the other hand*

This song is a sack of dogshit. It further solidifies my issues with Taylor. She paints herself as a victim who’s been beaten down and broken in an attempt to garner sympathy points from the public, even though she’s really a spiteful person who disses people without mentioning names so that she can play dumb when asked who the diss was about, but there’s enough clues that it’s obvious who it’s aimed at (just look at Bad Blood). It’s childish that she’s still stuck on this type of drama years later. Musically, the song is garbage, consisting of a build-up to a weak minimalistic glob. Whatever melody is within this song is sucked out and replaced with this pseudo-edgy sound that’s no different from most modern pop songs. The people who say that this is her “dark era” must have never heard music that’s actually dark because this is some wimpy, neutered shit in comparison. Next Target Practice, I review a tune of paranoia from the 80s that I really enjoy.



Runnin’ Down A Dream-Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Don’t Do Me Like That-Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

You Don’t Know How It Feels-Tom Petty

Free Fallin’-Tom Petty

9 thoughts on “Target Practice: Taylor Swift “Look What You Made Me Do”

  1. Somehow I managed to stumble upon this post and it caught my attention. But as someone who is graduating with a creative writing degree in a couple of days I can honestly say, No, this is not her best song. However, linguistically it is a very well written song. Creative writers, poets and so on focus on very concrete things, they use language that was used against them to turn it on other people or to reclaim it – the same way that she reclaimed the symbol of the snake which was used to shame her, but now she’s claimed it as a part of her image. So from a creative writing perspective – if it had been a piece written for class it would probably have gotten a low A high B.

    Now when you say that nobody really made her do anything you’re right. You can’t physically force someone to do much of anything without holding a gun to their heads. However, most of society today has come together to go against bullying kids (and really anyone) online, most everyone can agree that trolling is wrong or stupid, it’s really only leaving a negative impact on the person and although Taylor Swift is a strong individual a person can really only take so much. We all campaign to agree that bullying is serious and depression is a real disease, but when it comes to Taylor Swift everyone who actually hates her is on a personal mission to bring her down at any cost. So no, nobody made her really do anything. BUT the media has made Taylor their personal target practice since she was what? 16 Years old? Being in the media painting her as this villain, whether she is or not, they call her out, they call her a slut for dating (which by the way OTHER PEOPLE DO!) Other people have even married MULTIPLE people and yet she is known as the serial dater. So what the media “made her do” was twist her public image and her personal image into something she knew it wasn’t. So they made her need time away from everyone, retreat, duck out of the spotlight for a while. In retrospect, the whole song is also pointing to the fact that she deleted all of the content on her social media accounts weeks prior to the release of the song. So that this time she could set her new image and let the album speak for itself instead of past photos of her “perfect model squad” and her “cat lady photos” which were covered with the snake emoji shape this era of who she really is. In order for the album to speak for itself, she had to retreat, she had to start over fresh and that’s because of what the media did. So Yes, the media did make her do this. They didn’t force her, but it was their relentlessness and twisting of stories, and name calling that made her feel as if this was something she had to do.


  2. B-HOP, I’ve very disappointed in you. You made this entire review… and not ONE Fergie comparison? What the hell is wrong with you? I can’t possibly listen to this song without my mind confusing it with “My Humps.” Even the rhythm sounds similar: “Look WHAT you MADE me DO, look WHAT you MADE me DO,” and “My HUMPS, my HUMPS, my HUMPS, my LOVE-ly LA-dy LUMPS.”

    But apart from that, pretty great review. I agree here. She doesn’t make a convincing mean girl in the slightest. The music itself is dreck. As someone who actually likes “I’m Too Sexy,” I don’t see the similarity apart from the previously mentioned rhythm and I think she was only crediting them to make sure they wouldn’t sue her. And the part about the old Taylor being dead sounds like something an edgy emo teen would write on their Tumblr page–so in other words, something I would have written on my Tumblr page two years ago, so no wonder I hate it! *ba-dum-tsss*

    Great job. Wonder what will be covered next Target Practice.

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  3. Taylor NEVER sued a fan for using her music in a wedding video and legally, you can’t copyright a year so that is fake as well. Also, she never said she didn’t give permission to Kanye to use her name – she only said, “Kanye West did not tell me he was going to call me ‘that Bitch’ in his song”. When Kim posted that video 5 months later, she never posted any video of Kanye telling Taylor he was going to call her ‘that Bitch’. That is what all the stink was about — not permission about her name.

    Just sayin’….


  4. Believe it or not, before I started following this site, there was a time where I actually liked Taylor Swift’s music. But even then, I knew that nearly every song from her was pretty much the same, and only existed to be about her countless exes.

    But then Bad Blood came along and I wasn’t able to take her seriously anymore (feuding with Katy Perry over backup dancers, seriously?), not to mention the remix wasting Kendrick Lamar. And this song? It’s definitely one of her worst to date, and is a surefire contender to be on your Worst Of 2017 list (even as a DHM).

    Checking her list of names once then twice? Who does she think she is, Santa Claus? And the “I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me” line is laughable, because she thinks she’s the ultimate edgelord (in your dreams, Taylor).

    Also, the old Taylor is dead? No, she’s still alive in this song; being about a certain someone without naming names. Buckley said it best in his Musical Autopsy of this song: “This is a high school white girl version of a diss track.”

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    1. Yep, that feud was pretty stupid and just like with that music video for the remix, I can’t take her seriously here. Like she first attempted to have this weird female empowerment fantasy with celebrity backup like Ellie Gouding & Jessica Alba where she’ll punch you over the smallest mistakes you made with her and now 2 years later, she’s tries to act like a corporate cartooon ceo villain who’ll mass a female army for revenge? Yeah, not buying it still and it’s just cute that Swift is trying too hard to be threatening when I just laugh at it. It’s like when Maroon 5 or Zayn Malik try swearing to be tough, it’s just too cute to take seriously.

      Anyone surprised Todd didn’t make a Santa joke there? That line practically gift wrapped an easy joke!

      On the topic of Buckley, looks like he’ll have to update his Taylor Swift and her song topics list if he ever brings it back.


  5. Honestly, this song makes me have more respect for I’m Too Sexy, and take it off my shit list. At least that song is catchy, this is not. And this whole painting herself to be the victim thing is getting old. It’s clear that she’s delusional in what’s happening. And you can’t play the role of underdog when you’re practically the biggest name in music. This song isn’t just bad, it’s awful and it’s the worst thing Taylor Swift has ever made and will most likely make my “Worst Songs Of 2017” list, possibly high. This isn’t dark, is just lame and has ugly production. She delivered well when she was being self-aware in Blank Space. But playing the victim? No, just stop it, Taylor. And again, this is by far the worst song to hit #1 this year. No other #1 hit was as bad as this one. I’m just glad Bodak Yellow quickly replaced it (and I’m not gonna lie, I actually think that’s a good song, which this isn’t). I also think Taylor has let her fame get to her head, which is also starting to lose what little respect I had for her as an artist. And that whole “old Taylor is dead thing”? F off, Taylor. You’re not edgy, you’re not bad, you’re just being an entitled brat and you’re still a harmless pop star that supermarkets and Radio Disney stations will proudly blast. I Knew You Were Trouble, Shake It Off, Bad Blood, 22 and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together have nothing on this song. This is easily the worst Taylor Swift song of her career. I hope she releases better singles, but if this song is gonna be any indication of that album, I shouldn’t have my hopes up. This song sucks, enough said. That song deserved the teardown you gave it.

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  6. Well I’ve managed to thankfully avoid this song on the go and I’ll admit I can sort of see the chorus as a bit catchy but it’s a mess. That chorus sounds like I’m Too Sexy, Me Too & the instrumental for the verse sections of Meet Me Halfway.

    Now for 2017 Worst, do you think this’ll beat out Sam Hunt, Kodak Black and Migos for #1 golden turd award? I’m also curious to know if your thoughts on Style and Blank Space have changed because I think you mentioned a long time back that they’re 2 Swift Songs you find ok but has that interest worn off?


    1. I won’t comment on what will be the worst song of the year because that’ll give away spoilers and I like my lists to be surprises. As for my thoughts on Blank Space and Style, they haven’t changed: I still believe they’re her best songs to date.


      1. Well be sure to bring up those 2 songs in any future Swift posts to at least let future viewers know you do like about 2 songs from her, I remember seeing a comment wondering why Teardrops On My Guitar was a Worst list HM for example.

        I’m going to assume it’s because the 1st one is where she pokes fun at herself and the 2nd One has good music? Correct me if that’s wrong.


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