“A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media, and it caught on,” Swift said, according to video tweeted by a fan. “Then, a lot of people were calling me a lot of things on social media. And I went through some really low times for awhile because of it. I went through some times when I didn’t know if I was going to get to do this anymore.”
Swift was obviously referring to her 2016 clash with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in the media after Kim revealed that Taylor had previously heard West’s “Famous” track and agreed to the lyrics. Swift had previously denied that she heard the lyrics beforehand.
Since then, Swift has adopted the snake imagery and used it plenty in her Reputation videos and more. “I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name-calling to bully you on social media, and even if a lot of people jump on board with it, that doesn’t have to defeat you,” she said. “It can strengthen you instead.”
She continued, “And I think something that came out of it that was good is that I learned a really important lesson that I’ve been telling you from the stage for about 10 years, but I never had to learn it so harshly myself,” Swift said. “And that lesson has to do with how much you value your reputation.”
“I think that the lesson is that you shouldn’t care so much if you feel misunderstood by a lot of people who don’t know you, as long as you feel understood by the people who do know you — the people who will show up for you, the people who see you as a human being,” she told her fans. “So thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to get to know me, for showing up for me, for seeing me as a human being.”