For all the smack people talk about women being catty, you know who can be equally vicious? Men. Because stereotypes are bullshit. And if anyone is here to prove it, it’s Calvin Harris.
Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing…
And now Harris is using Katy Perry to get back at Swift for breaking his heart. Buckle up. This is a complicated one.
Harris’ image shifted after his highly-publicized relationship with Taylor Swift during her now-much-despised over inundation of us with her 1989 world tour and monster press junket from 2014 to 2016 (there is a whole Taylor Swift channel at the top of my on-demand list, which is the definition of taking it too far).
Before the stylized, professionally snapped Instagram posts of the two on pool floats and beaches that smelled like money through the phone (and have since been deleted), Harris had kind of an innocuous image. Yes, he was Scottish, mildly hunky and made dance floor bangers, which is pretty much the main recipe for American panty-dropping, but he wasn’t all over the media until his Swiftian romance.
And that shift must have stuck with him, because he went on the Twitter rant of the century after Swift’s reps publically announced that his mega hit with Rihanna last year, “This Is What You Came For,” was penned by her under a pseudonym. Harris said, “I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it…Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you’ve earned a great one.”
Honestly, the whole thing felt a little bruised-male-ego-y. Who cares if Swift wrote the song? Clearly, there was some private agreement between them that Swift broke by making the announcement, which isn’t a nice thing to do. And it did seem a little petty to announce it so long after the song became popular and after writing under a pseudonym to begin with, which people only do to stay anonymous from a project. But can’t a girl just get credit for her work, and it not make you this cat?
Well, Harris knows how to hold a grudge, because he just announced his next album via an Instagram clip, which will be titled Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 and include a collaboration with Katy Perry among many other exciting artists like Frank Ocean and Ariana Grande. The record drops June 30, so we’ll just have to wait to see if the song is a Swift takedown or not, but you know even if it’s not explicit, it was definitely made with some bad blood in mind. And Swift should’ve seen it coming.
And if you can’t tell, I’m Team Katy 4evr, 4 the record.