“I’ve worked with Beyoncé a few times. She’s an amazing person,” Kahn tweeted Friday. “The #LWYMMDvideo is not in her art space. Love and respect to Bey.” He’s directed a number of videos for Swift, including “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space,” and “Out of the Woods.” He was also at the helm for Destiny’s Child’s “Jumpin’, Jumpin'” and “Say My Name.”
Kahn added in a separate tweet, “Also there’s something to that ‘formation’ shot I painted out and you haven’t seen yet. Stay tuned Sunday.”
Swift released brief snippets of footage from the “LWYMMD” video online Friday ahead of the full version’s debut during MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday. Many users noted similarities between one particular shot and Beyoncé’s “Formation” video and were merciless in response.
Kahn earlier tweeted, “Before video release: Kahn copying Lemonade/ After video release: Kahn copying obscure K Pop video made in North Korean prison in 2006.”
Overall reception to “LWYMMD” has been polarizing: Many assumed Swift’s single was in response to her past with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, given how the snake teasers released earlier in the week recall the snake emoji Kardashian taunted Swift with a year earlier.
Right Said Fred, who received a writing credit on the song, seemed pleased with it.