The 29-year-old opened the show with a live performance of her new single, “ME!” However, viewers were quick to point out that not only was the marching band very similar to Bey’s performance — which was featured in the new Netflix documentary Homecoming — in April 2018, but they also both wore similar pink outfits and sparkly boots during their respective time on stage.
One person wrote, “Beyoncé didn’t invent a drumline, but you can’t convince me that Taylor Swift, from her early years on a Christmas tree farm, came up with this just like that. Sorry,” while another echoed, “No, Beyoncé didn’t invent drumline, however, the band dressed in pink, her in a leotard, literally the scene resembles Beyoncé’s opener at the top of the bleachers. She knows EXACTLY what she was doing and the implications that has. #BBMAS.” A third person fumed, writing, “Not only did Taylor Swift rip off Beyoncé’s #Homecoming by trying to appropriate a culture that is not hers, but this bitch also tried to look like Beyoncé’s boots. SMH. Just goes to show Beyoncé is [an] inspiration to these bitches.”
Naturally, Swifties took to Twitter to defend the blonde bombshell. One user explained, “Girl, it’s drums … Beyoncé wasn’t the first to use drums in a performance, and Taylor definitely isn’t either. Beyoncé had a whole ass band, and Taylor had just drums. Y’all need to stop comparing the most general things just because you don’t like Taylor. A second person added, “I can’t believe that Twitter has gotten to the point where people are comparing Beyoncé and Taylor’s drumlines … so Taylor used drums, lots of people do, big whoop. I love Bey, but this really isn’t THAT big of a deal.”
Welp, can’t we all just get along?!
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