Kahn made the claim that the artist’s “Formation” video, which he did not direct, was really an imitation of Swift’s 2015 “Bad Blood” video, which he did direct, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. His comments were made in response to claims that the “Look What You Made Me Do” video he did for Swift was a gentrified Beyoncé shoot.
“I suddenly understood the conflict of what’s going on in society and what battle rap serves, what prism to look at the movie through,” he said between bites of yellowtail, unable to resist adding one last jab at the Beyhive over Swift’s new video. “It’s not ‘Formation’ at all. They try to say she’s wearing a black crop top and Beyoncé wore a black crop top. But they don’t realize in 2015 in ‘Bad Blood,’ Taylor Swift was wearing a black crop top. I really do think, by the way, that Beyoncé copied ‘Bad Blood.’”
The comment was more than likely meant as a joke, considering that the ubiquitous black crop top is a pretty flimsy connection. Kahn had worked with Beyoncé on Destiny’s Child videos many years ago.
Even so, people haven’t taken kindly to the interview. Kahn has said some controversial things on Twitter before, but this time he set off one of the most fearsome fan bases on the internet: the Beyhive.
As if Beyoncé would have to go so beneath her for inspiration. You're delusional— Raeven (@rararaebies) September 7, 2017
Joseph Kahn trying to go one tweet without mentioning Beyoncé for attention pic.twitter.com/uTH6JVVebt— lizzie mcguire (@ghostandhaunted) September 7, 2017
Whether it be Kim vs Taylor or taylor vs Kim. Beyoncé is royalty to both of them...No mercy for Joseph, sorry. Stand in the way, get stung pic.twitter.com/aIiUxU1jfH— Datreon (@DatreonL) September 7, 2017
Joseph Kahn really lost his mind......now he's saying BEYONCE copied Bad Blood? I hope the Hive is in his mentions every day ripping him— K (@antiszayn) September 7, 2017
isn't it cool how joseph kahn will never ever work with beyonce lol— katy anne (@katyfaise) September 5, 2017
R.I.P. to his mentions https://t.co/DhBAeFZqzU?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313— ReBecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) September 7, 2017
When Joseph Kahn says the Queen Beyoncé copied Bad Blood..... I don't care if ya'll playing, you DO NOT insult Queen Bey. pic.twitter.com/XjqaEnnUdS— Hollie (@HollieFitzxo) September 7, 2017
You have a page for Beyoncé. Lmaooo. Go spray yourself and don't forget to use a lighter.— Niamh (@msyonceslay) September 7, 2017
Like girl you think BEYONCÉ needed to copy Taylor Swift? pic.twitter.com/bkPz8PQ0LP— Jordan Blok (@jordaanblok) September 7, 2017
As if Look What You Made Me Do vid wasn't the biggest clusterfuck of pop video rip offs I've seen. Pot calling the kettle black— Gabi Gurycz (@gabi_gurycz) September 7, 2017
@JosephKahn stay in your lane sis. Beyonce wouldn’t never get and idea from Taylor Swift of all people .— (@alterskam_) September 7, 2017
This man doesn't respect his life, like the Beyhive aren't gonna put the illuminati in his life.— Baegon Tagaryen (@MissMarthaEva) September 7, 2017
Pray for Joseph Kahn’s mentions.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.