Taylor Swift took time during the first stop on her Reputation world tour to speak out about getting spammed with snake emoji on her social media posts last year.
Seated at the piano during her Arizona concert on Tuesday, she told the crowd at the University of Phoenix Stadium about the experience.
She then took the opportunity to offer some advice to fans.
Here’s the background on the whole snake thing for anyone who is unfamiliar:
Swift’s longtime bitter salvo with Kanye West reached its boiling point in July 2016. Kim Kardashian West posted a series of videos via Snapchat that appeared to show her husband, Kanye West, on the phone with Swift discussing the song “Famous.” Part of the conversation centered on the controversial lyrics, including the line “For all my South side n***as that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”
Swift’s detractors on the internet then pelted her social media accounts with creepy snake emoji after Kardashian West hinted that the occasion was National Snake Day.
Swift famously asked to be “excluded from this narrative” via an Instagram, but after that, chose to speak primarily through her work. She’s since embraced the snake motif in her reference-laden music videos. (See: slithering snakes serving her tea in the reference-stuffed video “Look What You Made Me Do” and various snake-themed merchandise on her website.) But other than that, she hasn’t been vocal on the slinky snake subject.
You can watch her speak out about the incident in a fan video on Tumblr here.
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