Back to IndieWire

Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’ Music Video Faces Backlash Over Similarities to Spike Jonze’s 2016 Kenzo Short Film

Taylor Swift and director Joseph Kahn's latest music video is being accused of ripping off Spike Jonze.


Taylor Swift unveiled the new music video for her song “Delicate” during the iHeart Radio Music Awards on March 11, and it didn’t take long for the nearly four-minute clip to amass over 10 million views on YouTube. But some eagle-eyed viewers aren’t too happy about Swift’s latest video, which is once again directed by her longtime collaborator Joseph Kahn. The clip is facing backlash online for allegedly ripping off Spike Jonze.

Numerous viewers on social media are accusing Swift of ripping off Jonze’s Kenzo short film. Both videos feature a young woman acting out against society by performing a wild interpretive dance throughout numerous locations. Jonze’s short film, starring “The Leftovers” actress Margaret Qualley, was released in August 2016 and has earned over 11 million views.

New York Magazine video producer Kenny Wassus explained many of the similarities between the two videos in a Twitter thread in which he put photo stills and clips from Swift’s “Delicate” video right next to Jonze’s Kenzo ad. Both videos, for instance, feature the two women making facial gestures as a form of dance and include dolly shots ending in lukewarm smiles.

Wassus is hardly the only one accusing Swift and Kahn. Neither of the music video’s creators have commented on the accusations.

You can watch both videos and judge for yourself below.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Film and tagged ,

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox