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What Britney Spears could learn from Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' music video

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

Watch your back, Britney Spears! You may have gotten some major buzz for the debut of your Iggy Azalea collab, "Pretty Girls," but Taylor Swift just stole the Billboard Music Awards by dropping her "Bad Blood" video.

And, now that we're on the subject, let's take a moment to talk about some of the important distinctions between "Pretty Girls" and "Bad Blood." Because, honey, there are many — and they are worth mentioning.

In the campy, '80s-themed video for "Pretty Girls," the message is simple: "All around the world, pretty girls/Jump the line, to the front/Do what we like, get what we want."

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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The premise? You don't need to be smart or funny or any other attribute to get ahead in life if you are pretty. Pretty girls get to skip lines and get what they want out of boys. The entire video is overtly sexual and rife with innuendo.

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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It is vapid (and that's a kind summation).

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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But Swift's "Bad Blood," well, that's another story.

While the lyrics deal largely with a breakup — "'Cause baby now we got bad blood/You know it used to be mad love/So take a look at what you've done/'Cause baby now we got bad blood" — the message parlayed in the video is unabashedly clear: Women run the world.

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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And with cameos by Selena Gomez, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Martha Hunt, Jessica Alba, Serayah, Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham, Hailee Steinfeld, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Hayley Williams, Zendaya and Lily Aldridge as fellow assassins in Swift's futuristic world, it's clear the singer isn't simply talking about "pretty girls."

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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Yes, they are all beautiful. But the "girls" in Swift's video are also smart and cunning and strong. They are empowered. They don't rely on their looks to get them where they are going; they literally kick some ass and take down names.

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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You know what else? The men in Swift's video — unlike the men in Spears' — aren't tools or props. They aren't being misled or taken advantage of. In fact, they're pretty inconsequential. The beauty of Swift's video is that the men are secondary to the message. Hell, they really aren't even relevant.

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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The story of Swift's video is one of women. In this case, two distinct factions of women battling each other à la some slick, cyber version of Kill Bill. But the point is, the women are the heroes. The women are the villains. The women are the video.

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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No men necessary.

And that, my friends, is an idea Spears could stand to embrace. Because the truth is, Spears is pretty — but she's also talented and smart and savvy and could easily be one of the kickass-assins in Swift's video.

Taylor Swift completely stomped on Britney Spears' new music video with 'Bad Blood'

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Perhaps it's time for the veteran pop star to take a page from the country-turned-pop star's book and embrace that which truly helps a girl get ahead in this world: other girls. Swift took extra care to give the ladies in her life a shout-out while accepting the award for Top Female Artist, noting her life has been made immeasurably better since she "surrounded herself with incredible women."

In my opinion, there's nothing prettier than a girl who gets that.

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