What Is Taylor Swift Trying to Tell Us with Her Mysterious New Tweet?

We Have Several Theories

By Sam Eichner ·
Photo: Mike Coppola via Getty Images

After erasing her social media accounts just a few days ago, Taylor Swift returned to Twitter today, tweeting out a mysterious 10-second video clip of a snake ostensibly its own tail.

As the chatty denizens of the Internet have noted, it very well could be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the controversy involving Kanye West’s lyric in “Famous,” during which he raps: “I feel like Taylor and me still might have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous.” While West claims they discussed it for over an hour and she gave her blessing, Swift issued a statement suggesting the contrary, calling it “misogynistic.” Later, Kim Kardashian Snapchatted a video of what appeared to be Kanye having a relatively amiable chat with Swift on the phone, and tweeted out a bunch of snake emojis—which many took as a covert jab at Swift.

So, yes, T-Swift’s tweet is likely her way of leaning into her persona as a so-called “snake,” quite possibly as a means of promoting a new album. But in the interest of taking this way too far, we’re offering some alternative explanations...

Taylor Swift has quit her job as a pop singer to become a correspondent for National Geographic
This is her first contribution. Nice job, T-Swift!

Taylor Swift is just really into Gnosticism, so that explains it.  
According to Wikipedia, Gnosticism is a “a modern name for a variety of ancient religious ideas and systems, originating in Jewish milieus in the first and second century AD.” They adopted the “ouroboros,” an ancient symbol of the serpent eating its own tail that has come to represent many things, including “the eternal return." How Neitzchean!

Taylor Swift has a new pet snake, it’s name is Jakey, she calls it Jakey the Snakey, and she thinks it’s “just the cutest thing.”

Taylor Swift willingly submitted herself to a Fear Factor-like challenge, likely at the behest of Ludacris, by placing herself in a suitcase with a snake.
Luda strikes again.

Taylor Swift has a new album out with Ryan Adams, known snake, who made a cover album of 1984, and it’s called Hiss.
We can't wait.

Taylor Swift is using the image of the snake eating its own tail to signify the death of the old, friendly, girlish, innocent Taylor and the birth of the new, badass, edgy Taylor.
It’s a metaphor, get it?

Taylor Swift is a total fucking Slytherin.
And here I was, thinking all along that she was a banal little Hufflepuff. 

Sam Eichner

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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