\"It must be exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero,\" but if Taylor Swift wants to consider herself one, Swifties will never get tired of it. Following the release of her two alternative-focused albums, \"folklore\" and \"evermore,\" as well as re-recorded versions of \"Fearless\" and \"Red,\" the singer-songwriter bestows another record onto her fans for them to listen to during \"graveyard shifts\" with the release of her tenth studio album, the pop-heavy \"Midnights.\" As an artist who prefers to take full ownership of her craft, Swift yet again wrote and directed her own music video, this time for the \"Midnights\" album's third track, \"Anti-Hero,\" featuring American actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis (Santa Clarita Diet) as her daughter-in-law, who, in her dreams, kills her for the money.
Swift's 10th studio album Midnights was just released, and with it, the record's first official single, \"Anti-Hero.\" The music video for the track about Swift grappling with her insecurities was released Friday morning, and one lyric from the song in particular has caught people's attention.
After the single was released, Taylor made multiple posts on YouTube Shorts with the song \"Anti-Hero\" playing. These videos used the hashtag #TSAntiHeroChallenge. The videos displayed Taylor showing some of her anti-heroic traits. Fans were encouraged to create their own, similar videos with the hashtag. Taylor added some of them to a playlist on her YouTube channel, and even commented on a few!
In the video we see Swift appear as a giant-sized version of herself at a dinner party, watch her own funeral as dreamt in the song lyrics (I have this dream my daughter-in-law kills me for the money/ She thinks I left them in the will), and worry about weight-gain in an angel-and-devil incarnation of her personalities.
Written and directed by Swift, the entertaining video begins with the singer-songwriter seated at a kitchen table as the clock strikes midnight. From there, she runs from \"all of the people that I've ghosted\" through her own version of a haunted house before being confronted with the true \"anti-hero,\" herself. \"I'm the problem, it's me!\" a party girl version of Swift declares, eventually schooling herself on taking shots, smashing guitars and a hard life lesson: \"Everyone will betray you.\"
In celebrating the music video's release, Swift also launched the #TSAntiHeroChallenge on YouTube Shorts, encouraging fans to celebrate the traits that make them unique in a fun way. As part of the campaign, fans are encouraged to share short videos illustrating their own anti-heroic traits such as, a press release suggests: snagging the last slice of pizza, clapping at the end of movies, leaving clean laundry in the basket, or even -- as in Swift's personal example -- treating your cats like humans.
Lastly, Kimber, her hypothetical daughter-in-law, wears the same dress Taylor Swift wore on the Fearless Tour in 2009. None of these easter eggs have gone unnoticed by true swifties, who have been investigating the video since its release.
Swifties and pop heads alike have spent countless hours breaking down every line and phrase in \"Anti-Hero\" (and we're not even including the music video, which is rife with easter eggs of its own). Each lyrical interpretation paints a different picture, depending on who you're talking to, which app you're on, and just how much Taylor Swift lore you already know. So to help out anyone not in the loop, we've compiled the internet's best (and hottest) takes on the most confusing lines from \"Anti-Hero.\"
Heading down to the chorus is the lyric that'll dominate your Tiktok feed for the next several weeks. Opinions on the correct interpretation of this line differ based on the perspective of the listener. To some, the lyric is Swift's intrusive thoughts, that she knows she's the problem and that she's actually the antihero. She says later in the chorus \"It must be exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero.\"
In the case of \"Anti-Hero,\" this topic could likely be first on the list, partly because of the connection between the song lyrics, the accompanying visuals of the music video, and the emotional impact created by the combination of the two. 59ce067264