Taylor Swift is being called out online for her performance at the Billboard Music Awards on May 1st. The pop singer performed her new single, "ME!," for the first time live and the production included a huge drumline marching band.
It was Swift's choice to include the drumline band at the performance that caught the attention of the Beyhive, Beyonce's loyal group of fans... they immediately started to compare the Taylor Swift performance to the iconic Beyonce Coachella performance that sparked the hashtag #Beychella and was subsequently made into a Netflix original film called "Homecoming."
It wasn't long before the memes started pouring in, and let me just say, I personally find them hilarious.
Taylor Swift put on a sauceless show last night at the Billboard Music Awards when she appropriated Beyonce's iconi… https://t.co/9KeSNEf1sU— DESUS & MERO on SHOWTIME (@DESUS & MERO on SHOWTIME)1556854200.0
The show was described as "sauceless," and I have to say I find the song itself rather bland, too. Despite all the colour and the guest vocals stylings of Panic! At The Disco's Brendan Urie, this song seems like three steps back for Swift, musically.
TAYLOR SWIFT JUST BIT TF OUTTA BEYONCE ON THE BILLBOARD AWARDS ... I’m 💀😭😭😭💀💀💀💀 where is the beyhive???? https://t.co/hWvRcKK4an— Jamilah Michelle (@Jamilah Michelle)1556755557.0
“Okay ladies, let’s promote colonization.” #MayoChella https://t.co/p8nZfam2F8— Preston “Boycott Nellie’s” Mitchum, he/him (@Preston “Boycott Nellie’s” Mitchum, he/him)1556800339.0
But of course, the bigger conversation was the seemingly appropriative use of the marching band, so soon after Beyonce's iconic homage to the Black college experience in the southern United States.
Taylor watching Homecoming and taking notezzzzzz! #Mayochella https://t.co/dc2v9m0RpK— O’malley (@O’malley)1556894505.0
The timing isn't on Swift's side, either, as Beyonce's film "Homecoming" just hit Netflix last month, so the iconic drumline-infused show is still top of mind for a lot of Beyonce fans
Taylor swift needs to cut her shit out.— Prince (@Prince)1556895942.0
While the memes are hilarious, some fans were legitimately ticked off at the appropriation of the performance.
So can we talk about how Taylor swift bit Beyoncé’s whoooole swag 🤦🏿♂️— 🤎 Your favorite slut 🤎 (@🤎 Your favorite slut 🤎)1556896514.0
They even coined a hashtag and... it is too hilarious. While Beyonce's Coachella performance was called #Beychella, Swift's BBMA performance is being called #Mayochella.
where did the #Mayochella band come from? I think it's flattering when you want to emulate but the execution level has to be risen.— Derrick Lindsay (@Derrick Lindsay)1556892542.0
Other criticisms included the simple desire for some level of better execution, as the tweet above expresses. If you're going to "emulate" something, fine. Art is self-referential. But you have to really make it your own and step up the game somehow.
Otherwise, you end up with the hashtag #Mayochella on your hands.
My daddy Minnesota, mama from North Dakota, you mix that Starbucks with that mayo MAKE A TRUMP SUPPORTER😂😂😂… https://t.co/1Gf4Ma89aO— Phoenix (@Phoenix)1556863149.0
Regardless of how you feel about the whole "controversy," there's no denying the memes are hilarious. So.. here are a couple more just for good measure because they had me howling.
The Internet HAS NO CHILL....#Mayochella This photoshop job....give the graphic designer a raise! https://t.co/pvvayNlGKf— ✊🏿🏳️🌈Sekiya Dorsett 🇧🇸🎞 (@✊🏿🏳️🌈Sekiya Dorsett 🇧🇸🎞)1556852650.0
What I ordered vs what I got #Mayochella https://t.co/9bTQTH9pdE— DKT (@DKT)1556771795.0
We all witnessed a Pepto Bismol commercial and didn’t even know it... #MayoChella https://t.co/pCKrWYuCIz— Thomas Adams (@Thomas Adams)1556893692.0
Watch the full BBMA performance below and make up your own mind:
So? Are you Team Tay or Team Bey?
Are the performances similar enough to warrant this kind of outrage? Or are they different enough that the Beyhive should just buzz off?