"You know how you hate Taylor Swift? You should watch the new video for her crappy "I Knew You Were Wrong" song, then watch the AMAZING Lana Del Rey video "Ride" that came out a few months before. A total ripoff. She should be forced into retirement over this. She should face a jury, or possibly even jail time."
So I finally got around to watching them and yeah, they are pretty much identical. Both videos start with a long stretch of voice-over narration and the story about running off with a Sons of Anarchy style-motorcycle guy, and then there's drinking, deserts, tattoos, parties. It's like both videos used the same script with different songs.
Here is Lana Del Rey's video that came out a few months ago:
Here is Taylor Swift's most recent masterpiece:
All is fair in love, war and promotional videos for mediocre pop songs. Maybe it's just like how Iron Eagle was a Top Gun ripoff, or To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmarstrong> is a Priscilla, Queen of the Desert ripoff. Or maybe, it's post-post-modern reference that actually had Taylor Swift playing the same role as Lana Del Rey in an alternate timeline (ala Mullholland Drive). But then when I looked into it some more, I realized that both videos were directed by Anthony Mandler! And whats more, he directed a Rhianna music video using almost the same format! THIS DIRECTOR GUY ONLY HAS ONE IDEA!!
The Rhianna one has less motorcycles, but does feature the common thread of hooking up with a scumbag at a rave or large outdoor festival. All three have similar themes constantly cross referencing and imitating each other to the point where they appear to just be different fragments of the same sad consciousness. They all feel so hurty and victimized, and apparently find strength and identity in the pain of victimization. (For the record, I like the Lana Del Rey vid the best, but do love when Rhianna pukes party streamers)