In what could possibly be the most meme-heavy music video of all time, Katy Perry has today dropped the film clip for her long-awaited, and much-rumoured, Taylor Swift diss track, ‘Swish Swish’.
In addition to the film clip being an absolutely wild ride of off-the-wall humour, visual effects, celebrity cameos, and meme references, the clip also features a sample from an unlikely Aussie DJ duo.
‘Swish Swish’ was originally released back in May from Katy Perry’s record Witness. Featuring guest vocals from Nicki Minaj, the track has long been rumoured to be a diss track, focused towards Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’, of which Perry is suspected to be the subject.
While the video is full of cameos from celebrities from celebrities such as Terry Crews, Molly Shannon, and Gaten Matarazzo from Stranger Things, it doesn’t feature any references to Taylor Swift, which, to Perry’s credit, is pretty honourable. But what the clip does feature, is a reference to none other than Sydney’s Bag Raiders.
Yes indeed, see, ‘Swish Swish’ happens to reference the famous ‘Shooting Stars’ meme, which has gone completely viral in the last year. The meme generally involves a subject who has been visually manipulated to be falling against a background with a ‘synthwave’ aesthetic while Bag Raiders’ ‘Shooting Stars’ plays in the background, and that’s exactly what Katy Perry’s video employs.