When singer Taylor Swift gave her acceptance speech after she won Video of the Year at MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) Sunday night for her song “Bad Blood,” which shows women battling it out in military-style outfits equipped with weapons, she said she was glad to live in a world where “boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers.”
“This video was such a collaborative effort. These women helped create their parts, helped write their roles and decide what they wanted to be, and I mean there are two women in the video who I’ve named cats after. I love them so much and the fact that - to the fans - the fact that you would vote and give us this bonding experience that we’ll have forever, thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Swift said.
“There’s been a lot of discussion about this video and what it means, but I’m just happy that in 2015, we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers,” Swift added.
Swift once said the video was about her rivalry with a fellow female artist. That admission has fueled speculation on whether the song was about singers Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry.