In a new interview with Yahoo! Music, dancer/choreographer Todrick Hall defended his friendship with Taylor Swift, as well as refuting claims that her “Look What You Made Me Do” video took inspiration from Beyonce’s clip for “Formation.” “They saw a clip, just a few seconds, that featured Taylor Swift standing in a line of dancers, and they started forming all types of conclusions,” he said, “I knew that there was nothing “Formation”-esque or Lemonade-esque about the video… And I would never intentionally be a part of art that I felt was ripping off my favorite artist of all time.”
Hall and Swift have apparently been friends for some time, with her even stopping by to see him in Kinky Boots on Broadway, which he also addresses in the interview, saying that not only did she take photos with him and the rest of the cast, but took time to meet with every fan in attendance.
Taylor came to see me in Kinky Boots and she stayed after the show for two hours and met every single person in that cast — took pictures, signed stuff, met every usher, every custodian, every orchestra member, every producer and their kids. And then she went outside and met fans outside the theater afterwards, stayed there for over two and a half hours after the show and wouldn’t leave until every single person had been met. There are just very few celebrities in the world who would do something like that.
He also disputes many of the accusations and complaints against Swift, saying that critics who make such comments online don’t really know her as a person.
Apparently there’s a thing called the “cookout,” which is like your invitation to be a part of the black community. Some people have, like, deemed themselves the Woke Police, and they decide to strip you online of your invitation to attend the “cookout.” It boggles my mind that people are deciding whether or not I’m down enough, black enough, or woke enough to be “invited.” If I have to hate people and judge people based on their race, sexual orientation, or religion, then sorry, but I’d rather order pizza.
Furthermore, Hall has plenty to say about the fact that Taylor hasn’t been super political, by contrasting it with Kanye’s openly pro-Trump stance, and noting that even if she did get political, she’d still be criticized plenty.
Yeah, many people have been tweeting me, “She supports Trump! She probably voted for Trump!” They’re making this huge assumption, when Taylor has never to my knowledge come out and said anything about her being pro-Trump. But people would still rather believe that she is the one who is pushing Trump’s agenda. That was one of the major things that was tweeted at me, and I’m like, “So you are mad that you think she might support Donald Trump? But you’re not mad that Kanye has been very openly pro-Trump?” I don’t understand that.
Check out the full interview because Hall is wonderfully outspoken, and he also has plenty of insights into being gay and black in 2017, and one hell of a kicker: “If I had a do-over, I would absolutely be there for another eight hours, in heels, dancing with her.” Mic drop.