Todrick Hall Responds to Taylor Swift Backlash: ‘Beyoncé Didn’t Invent Standing in Lines’
Many people on social media spoke out against Hall for appearing with Swift during a dance sequence that many thought resembles Beyoncé’s video for “Formation.” Others accused the openly gay performer of betraying both the black and LGBTQ communities, calling him everything from a “sellout” to racial slurs.
One Twitter user wrote, “Why is Taylor Swift using gay black men as props, and why is Todrick Hall letting her? I am tired.” Another wrote: “Todrick Hall is the black kid who taught all the white girls to twerk, let them say the N word, and never talked to you. He’s your cousin.”
The performer has since spoken out regarding the backlash, saying that he has nothing to apologize for.
First, Todrick Hall spoke with Entertainment Tonight. During this interview, he responded to comments surrounding the similarities between Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” and Beyoncé’s “Formation.”
“I am a huge Beyoncé fan, I’m like a chair board member of the Beygency,” he explained. “I wasn’t concerned because I knew what was to come and I knew that there was nothing even [remotely] Beyoncé-esque about the actual performance.”
“Beyoncé did not invent lines or standing in lines,” he continued. “I think that what we did was really cool of just image … that was Lemonade, this is kinda just like soda pop. It’s different. They’re both great drinks, but different drinks.”
After scrutiny for him raised to new heights, Hall chatted with Yahoo! Music about the controversy.
“I just think that it’s really sad and shocking that me doing four eight-counts of choreography is enough to make people feel the need to question my ‘blackness’ or ‘wokenes,’” Hall said.
“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.”