Taylor Swift performed at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night, and she had a full marching band on stage with her. If that set-up sounds familiar, it’s because Beyoncé did a (much better) version of it this year at Coachella, and soon everyone was calling the music festival #Beychella instead.
And in case Swift somehow missed that (she didn’t), the fact that Bey’s documentary of that performance, Homecoming, was released by Netflix a couple of weeks ago probably didn’t escape her attention.
We’re not saying she straight up copied Beyoncé, and yes, we know there have been marching bands performances along with pop musicians before (Prince famously did it at the Super Bowl half-time show in 2007), but the fact that Taylor Swift thought that doing it so soon after Beyoncé did it would be a good idea just shows how out of touch she is.
Honestly. Sw*fties be using words like icon, epic, best, legend & award-winning too loosely. And seem to forget that Bey’s use of drumlines in #Homecoming is hailing black culture DEEPLY while #Mayochella was surface, bubblegum fluff—no substance, no depth.
— Sami Schalk (@DrSamiSchalk) May 2, 2019
Another big problem with Swift’s performance is that Beyoncé’s performance had a whole lot of context and history behind it. Swift’s, not so much.
And people were not shy about calling Swift out for her appropriation. It wasn’t long before #Mayochella was trending on Twitter, and the roasting was delicious.
the beyoncé i want vs the beyoncé my mom says we have at home pic.twitter.com/InGuKsA306
— lemonade was a popular drink and it still is (@mattwhitlockPM) May 2, 2019
How can a person’s pose be offbeat https://t.co/uDwD3Mm4gw
— ✨ uɓıs ɹǝʇɐʍ pǝʇɐɹodɐʌǝ ✨ (@wewantkandy) May 2, 2019
— God'z Kid (@The4Real_KB) May 2, 2019
Kanye we need you to check Taylor again…#MayoChella
— Ms.SelectivelySocial (@ThecalmJade) May 2, 2019
— Bitonga Inhambane (@InhambaneAfrika) May 2, 2019
— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) May 2, 2019
— Ina90sKindofworld (@TeekusRaps) May 2, 2019
— Awesomeness (@that_bitch311) May 2, 2019
“When he fuck me good I take his ass to Panera.” pic.twitter.com/s3mnaodd0k
— Jah. (@Jeesa_Jay) May 2, 2019
— Narrative Shifter (@damadalpha) May 2, 2019
— nebraska jones. (@molegrl) May 2, 2019
— Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) May 2, 2019
— Shea Butter Baby (@MichelleCocoa_) May 2, 2019
— beygency backup (@missbeygency) May 2, 2019
Absolutely Nobody (maybe a few white folks):
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) May 2, 2019