Why did Taylor Swift cast anti-vaxxer Miles Teller as her d-bag ex? Oh, okay.

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Taylor Swift’s promotional blitz for Red (Taylor’s Version) continues. Last Friday, she dropped the short film, which she wrote and directed, for “All Too Well.” The video is just a straight narrative of her all too brief relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal, the man who stole her scarf and broke her heart. But that’s not all! She’s just released a music video for a song “from the vault,” as in a song which was not on the original Red album. The song is “I Bet You Think About Me,” and the video was directed by Blake Lively, in what is Blake’s directorial debut. Here we go.

It actually took me a second to understand what was happening – I thought the Taylor character was stalking her ex’s wedding and I was like “well that’s on brand.” But no, the story is that her ex can’t stop thinking about her, even on his wedding day. The Taylor character is a ghost of her ex’s memory. That too is on-brand, and I kind of understand why this one was kept in the vault. She’s expounding on the idea that her ex will always regret leaving her, always regret not marrying her and this is Taylor imagining that her ex is still obsessed with her… even though he was clearly the one to end things? LOL.

What’s weird about this is that her “ex” in the music video is played by Miles Teller, who has been in the news this year because of a lot of reporting around the idea/reality that he’s an anti-vaxxer whose unvaccinated ass spread Covid to cast and crew on a project over the summer. Maybe that was the purpose of hiring Miles Teller: clearly, Taylor Swift and Blake Lively were not looking to make “the ex character” sympathetic. We’re supposed to come out of the video thinking “that guy is a douchebag.” It helps that they cast someone everyone already knows is a douchebag.

Update: Miles heard everyone questioning why Taylor hired him and he would like everyone to know that he’s vaccinated. The Snake Fam isn’t buying it!

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Screencaps from the video.

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  1. GoldenMom says:

    Not a huge fan of either woman but casting this dips__t as a dips__t is something to respect!

    I wonder if he gets it?

    • Dee says:

      Seems like a mean thing to do someone you’re working with. Like haha I only cast you, because I actually think you’re a d***? I don’t think its that deep. He’s a good actor, she wanted someone that could portray what the song calls for, a deep regret for ever leaving her and how his life will always be missing that “something”. The other stuff she probably didn’t care about, or thought it wasn’t a deal breaker.

    • FHMom says:

      He does dbag like nobody’s business. It’s perfect casting

    • Jan90067 says:

      MT IS a douche of the highest degree. He’s also buddy buddy with Aaron Rodgers and Earth Mother Shailene Woodley (they all vacationed together in Hawaii (posted pics). That should tell you all you need to know: You are the company you keep.

      • Fortuona says:

        Joe played her husband in the film Shailene produced that came out in August

        And Aaron was wearing Fokelore gear earlier in the season

    • SomeChick says:

      well if they cast someone nice, the dipshit community would be all up in arms about representation, so it’s just easier that way.

  2. Lainey says:

    But hiring a douche bag still got him a paycheck. No TS. Especially in the scene where youare breathing his air.

    • lucy2 says:

      I know, that moment all I thought was “hope he didn’t give her Covid!” I do hope he’s sincere about being vaccinated, especially after seeing his buddy get raked over the coals for lying about it.

  3. BC says:

    That may be an interesting idea, but apparently Taylor is good friends with Miles and his wife, Kaleigh Sperry, who is also in the video playing his wife. Kaleigh is the one Taylor gives the scarf too.

    This just means Taylor is like the rest of us; knows people close to her with different views. Now maybe she shouldn’t have hired him, or maybe she didn’t know his stand and what happened, but I get the difficulty with it. Unfortunately, he’s a good actor. I know on here to some it’s easy to decide to cut people out, but I get it might not be to all, and we do know that things in the media can be blown up. Not saying in this case it is, just that it can be. I feel like I’m being such an apologist for Miles, and oddly I’ve always disliked this guy even before this Covid debacle. He literally seems like he has such a big head. lol

    • Yasmine says:

      I wish we’d stop excusing sh*tty people by saying they just have different opinions or views.

      This is not about hiring a friend with a different views on ice cream flavours. This is about hiring someone who has different ethics and morals, that make him think it’s okay to harm people and get them sick with a potentially life threatening illness. This guy has already spread COVID on a previous set, and all because he refuses to take the medical steps necessary to protect others. Now he claims he’s vaccinated, but he still needs to be held accountable for the anti-vaxxer sh*t he spread throughout the pandemic. TS is enabling this by hiring this a-hole.

      • Bo Peep says:

        @Yasmine Agree 100%. Giving Taylor a side eye for hiring Miles. I don’t know if the rumors of Miles previously being anti-vaxx on set are true or not, but his recent couples’ trip with Aaron Rodgers gives me pause.

        Posting trips with friends who mislead the public about their vax status and evade public safety standards is concerning in our radicalized political climate. Miles claims to be vaccinated but he hasn’t taken a stance on this issue otherwise. There are other actors who can play a dbag for this mv.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, I gotta agree with Yasmine here.

      “different views” are whether or not you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie (IT’S NOT!).

      not caring about public health because “mah freedumb” is not a different view, it’s being selfish and not participating in the social contract that keeps us functioning.

      it’s like when I heard people say that they’re still friends with their Trumper friends because “different views”. yeah, when your “different view” is that some of my friends shouldn’t exist because of their skin color, how they worship or who they love, you are DEAD to me.

      • Dee says:

        Most of the time it’s just a cop out because people don’t want to have uncomfortable conversations with people they care about. I’ve said it before on this site, its really hard for some people to acknowledge that their bestie since 4th grade, or sweet aunt, or awesome coworker, is perfectly ok with looking the other way on systemic injustices. It makes them feel some sort of way, and honestly it should.

  4. Abby says:

    The fact that he’s an anti-vaxxer and she still chose to work with him is an interesting decision. I feel like she’s made some choices over the pandemic to be very careful about covid; so this seems weird. But maybe she and everyone else on set were vaccinated?

    I loved this music video. She always has the most interesting and creative music videos. Love to see them. And this song (especially the end) gets stuck in my head!

    • Abby says:

      I wish I could edit my response now that I see he’s been vaccinated!

      I see it as a non-story then. I personally think he plays a d-bag in movies very well so I think he was well-cast. 🙂

  5. Kviby says:

    Blake did a great job directing! I guess you pick up that skill from sitting around set because it seems like many actors can learn to do it well. Also Taylor was on Seth Myers show a few days and the interview was sooooo good. He puts every other host to shame these days, in my opinion. Also, she is a better guest than most in that she answers questions perfectly. Not to much not too little not too fake not too boring. Off topic but the more I watch Seth the less interested I am to click on Fallon or kimmel. They’re doing what’s always been done while Seth is being creative and honest

    • Concern Fae says:

      I’d be very curious to see who the cinematographer is. An experienced and patient cinematographer can help a newbie director execute their vision and avoid missteps. Presumably Tay did her friend a solid in that regard.

      • Kviby says:

        Don’t know much about producing videos like this one but there were many moments where I was noticing the pretty closeups so that was a big part of the impressiveness that I attributed to the director.

      • Mel says:

        Matthew Libatique is the cinematographer. He is great.

    • Jan90067 says:

      Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert are the only ones I watch. Fallon is such a kiss-a$$ phony, and Kimmel is just so boring.

    • Abby says:

      Thanks for the suggestion about the Seth Myers interview. I agree–it was well-done. Questions were interesting, her answers were too, and he let her talk without interrupting, which is my biggest pet peeve.

  6. WithTheAmerican says:

    So this is cringey. Haha. I love Tay but he’s not still obsessed, girl.

  7. Same says:

    I listened to this entire album after yesterday’s post and it’s good. As someone who loved Folklore but only a smattering of her previous stuff, I was impressed – and singing live on SNL the entire 10 minute version was fire.

    This video is a tad cringy — having said that — there was this one guy, over a decade ago that broke me with “I’m just not that into you” and for that, this song makes perfect sense.

    and I think she and MT are friends or at least friendly adjacent due to the BL and RR connection, I don’t think she knows we all think he’s a DB.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      I mean, call me petty but I kind of hope the guy who broke my heart when I was young thinks I’m the one that got away.

      • Jan90067 says:

        I haven’t thought of that “one” in years and years, but I’ve been there, too, @Size, and so do I! (and yes, I’m petty that way, lol)

      • ElleV says:

        Especially if I move on completely, I still want everyone who ever loved me to pine to death gnashing their teeth from the loss of me… who wouldn’t? lol

      • Same says:

        Exactly — I hope he compares every woman he ever dares to me and pines longingly … I also hope every woman he dated runs like hell because he was also the epitome of cruel in the name of honesty … clearly I have my own Jake 😂😂😂

  8. GenericUserName123 says:

    He posted on Twitter that he is “vaccinated and has been for a while.”

    • NotSoSocialB says:

      He’s probably referring to his natural (waning, of course) immunity from infection, and, like Qaaron Rodgers, ivermectin. Assholes.

  9. Angelina says:

    Miles’ wife is also a hardcore taylor fan

  10. DC Girl says:

    Miles Teller just tweeted that he is vaccinated and has been for a while.

  11. Silver Charm says:

    Teller said on Twitter yesterday he’s vaccinated. I’m guessing he got read the riot act after costing paramount millions in shutdown costs.

  12. LightPurple says:

    Colin Jost said that on Weekend Update immediately after Taylor sang the 10 minute version of the song on SNL.

  13. Mike says:

    I am not much of a fan of Taylor and always thought her confessional music was super one-sided but I admit she is both a brilliant songwriter and she does not punch down. Every guy she has written about has the ability to defend himself if he chooses, so in that context, it seems quite fair.

  14. Terri J Neff says:

    I rather liked it. She pokes some fun at herself too which so many dont do. Teaching the kids table to flip him off, awesome.

  15. Em says:

    I’m just wondering what’s wrong with people. If a man writes a song about a relationship that went wrong, no one says “oh he’s burning for that & should get over it”. Taylor wrote these songs when she was 22 BUT she didn’t own them so now she is re-recording everything and in doing so, now owns the rights to her own creations. Hence: “Taylor’s version”. Why is this hard to understand? Also no one had a relationship end and you KNOW that person still thinks about you (because they stalk your SM or maintain mutual friendships)? Ok. Just me then.

    Finally Taylor was 22 when she wrote Red. Go listen to Evermore, her latest new album that she wrote at 29 something and you can hear how sophisticated she has become as a writer. Evermore is absolutely brilliant and I’m going to call it: Taylor is one of the best lyricist of her generation and could be one of a handful of all times and I say that as someone who is much older than Taylor Swift.

    • Dee says:

      My 20 year old self needed this video back then. Even my much older self appreciates it. Nobody dissed Axl Rose for that wrecked wedding in November Rain.

    • Case says:

      I agree — on these Taylor threads I see a fundamental misunderstanding of what the point of the rerecords are, the fact that they’re old songs, and the fact that crummy misogynistic opinions people held about her in 2010 aren’t okay.

      And a resounding YES for Evermore — my favorite album of hers and her greatest work to date. To me, she is following the same trajectory as the Beatles with her transition from pop to something bigger, bolder, and more experimental. She’s brilliant and chooses wonderful collaborators as well.

      • Becks1 says:

        But, there is going to be that misunderstanding because she is promoting these songs as new songs. She’s promoting them like she would if it was a brand new album. so people can’t get annoyed when others are like, why is she still talking about this? No one made her make a 10 minute version of a song she wrote a decade or whatever ago.

      • Abby says:

        @becks1 but she’s not–she’s said it in several interviews, and on all her social media, that these are songs from 10 years ago that she is re-recording so she owns her own music.

      • Case says:

        @Becks While I agree that some of the general public might be confused or not up to date and that’s totally understandable, I do expect that most of us on this gossip blog remember the drama she went through with Scooter Braun and her intention to rerecord the albums he purchased. I’m genuinely surprised so many in the comments section are posting their thoughts without an understanding of the situation. She’s made it really clear in her promo interviews and social media what this project is about.

    • Jensies says:

      1000%. Carly Simon has been dining out on a song about her ex for 50 years. Same with pretty much every Fleetwood Mac song. And Zeppelin. And Rolling Stones. And EVERY OTHER ARTIST. I am *irritated* that toxic misogyny in our culture has made me a Taylor Swift apologist.

      Also, I really loved Evermore and Folklore too. They’re both such lovely, moody records.

      • sassafras says:

        Stevie Nicks wrote albums about her ex and made him listen to the words night after night but we call Taylor immature and overemotional. I wish we’d stop denigrating the art women produce and the art women like.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree – pretty much every artist I listen to draws from their personal life, relationships, etc. There wouldn’t be much music without it.
        I’m not a huge fan of Taylor’s (I found the lyrics to this one a little clunky) but it is unfair that people think she can’t write about her personal life, just because she had a bunch of famous boyfriends and doesn’t make much attempt to disguise who she’s writing about.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t mind that she writes about her personal life, that’s what most people do.

        But she is no Stevie Nicks. And i’m going to say here that Stevie wrote albums about all her exes but those weren’t the songs that she sang with Lindsey, because those were her solo albums. And she had a lot else going on in her life besides just Lindsey. With the FM albums she only got a few songs – but she did make Lindsey produce them and then sing them with her night after night.

        The beauty of Stevie’s lyrics is that you never know for sure what she is talking about.

    • Abby says:

      Agree agree agree with all of this.

  16. Gil says:

    Maybe this is only for her hardcore fans? Like it was “cute”, “understandable” ten years ago. But now it’s just cringe. But clearly she is talking to her fans.

  17. detritus says:

    a young woman was upset about her first real relationship and was treated poorly, can we not make jokes about ‘her scarf’? It just really lacks any empathy and pushes that this is something funny and ridiculous. When despite how you feel about Taylor, I it’s not.

    I mean, I’d super love if I shared my story via art and had a bunch of women tell me to stop whining about it.

    • Jamie says:

      … handling criticism is one of the biggest parts of being an artist. People love it, people hate it, people have feelings, thoughts and opinions. TS has been around awhile – either way it keeps people talking.

    • Jules says:

      omg, please stop encouraging a grown woman to keep acting like a teenager. it’s embarrassing to watch, and no it is not empowering for young girls (or whoever is still in her fan club) to be holding a grudge years later.

    • detritus says:

      Artistic criticism yes, jokes about her virginity, no

      I still don’t like the men who treated me like shit, decades later. Why should I and why should she?

    • Isabellla says:

      Detritus, this is a gossip site. Please allow us to gossip.

      I thought the video was about a girl stalking a guy at his wedding. Now, after reading the comments, it’s a muddled mess.

      If the scarf is about the girl’s virginity, it’s icky that she says it smells like her. Perhaps fans are over-reading every little clue.

  18. Pix says:

    I have to admit that I’ve never liked of Taylor but these videos are good gossip and I’m here for it. Also, the songs/videos really capture that feeling of a heartbreaking first love gone sour. It brought me right back to my early twenties and that feeling of not understanding what went wrong. I’m kind of a fan now?!

  19. Erica says:

    The scarf is supposedly code for her virginity. I can understand still being a little…annoyed by Jake and how that relationship ended up.

  20. Lurker says:

    I am so confused how so many people don’t understand that she re released Red so she could own it. She said years ago that ATW was originally 10 min and was cut down for the original album. Her fans blew the song up so she included the long version.

    Also, can we stop “cringing” every time a woman has feelings and then processes them?

  21. ME says:

    I don’t think Taylor would work with anyone who isn’t vaccinated. Her mom has cancer. No way is she going to risk anything happening to her. The thing is, even if he is vaxxed, why the f*ck would she cast him? Of all the guys…

  22. Case says:

    Taylor’s mom has been battling cancer and Taylor has taken COVID very seriously this entire time, unlike many celebrities. She’d never, ever hire an anti-vaxxer for her music video and has had COVID safety consultants on any video shoot she has done. So yes, I believe him.

    I loved this video. The humor was great and Blake did a great job directing. I think the video has less to do with the ex she wrote the song about missing her at his wedding and more about her fantasy of crashing an ex’s wedding Villanelle style.

  23. ElleE says:

    I loved this video and am responsible for 3 out of the 6.8m views. The visually, the music…tic was just perfect. Miles was acting without uttering one line and everyone else just faded (the “guests”) into the background.

    I forgot that Blake Lively is one of her best friends-she was a good director here. The whole thing took me back to that one relationship (married with kids now) that could have been different (if we weren’t really immature!).

  24. Marilee says:

    I know this post is about what a dbag Miles is, but can someone explain to me exactly what JG did to TS that was so bad? I see big words like “gaslighting” and “abuse” being used, and I don’t know if I missed something terrible.

    • lucy2 says:

      I feel the same way and wonder what I’m missing too. It sounds to me like they fell for each other but weren’t really a good match (I get the impression he thought she was immature, and she thought he was pretentious), she wanted to make it work and he didn’t and ended it? It sucks, and he was probably kind of jerky about it, but I’m not seeing where it crosses the line.

      • ExpectationvsReality says:

        It crosses the line because its Taylor Swift and her fans baby her. Any man that breaks her heart is a terrible pos. Should Jake have dated her at his age? Absolutely not. But it kind of sounded like he broke up with her when he realized the age difference was a lot. They dated for like 2 months. However, I see none of her fans talk about the fact that when she was 22, she dated a 17 year old junior in high school, and she had to sign him out to see him on the weekends. Is that gaslight and abuse too?

    • A.Key says:

      He just was not that into her. That’s it basically. And she never forgave him.

  25. NotSoSocialB says:

    I’m 55 so not part of her typical fan demographic. I knew she had a series of high profile relationships and was smeared as unstable bc she sings about it. Never really listened to her music, but in hearing just a few songs since these vids are out makes me so sympathetic to her experiences. Man, she was emotionally abused, gaslit, labeled insane and more. Such cruelty from these high profile assholes.

  26. Cq says:

    The song and the video was cute-people need to stop assuming Taylor is still holding a grudge or anything. All of this is to just promote the new version of the album to lower the value of the original. It’s obvious that Taylor doesn’t think he cares about her now-it’s just a moment in time when she did. And typical country “scorned lover” energy is always fun in my opinion. Taylor just put out two melancholic “mature” albums that cover rough topics like suicide and deaths, this is such a welcome change. I love pettiness at any age.

  27. MangoAngelesque says:

    The whole concept of the video gives me super-cringey “Nice Girl” vibes. “You’ll never meet someone better than me! You’ll always love me! You’ll regret ever leaving me! And even after you broke up with me, fell in love with someone else, you’ll wish it was me! And even though I’m with someone else, I’m never going to stop talking about you!”

  28. Dutchy says:

    I don’t understand how there’s so much hatred over lyrics in a song. It’s a song. It’s not published in a history book as fact. Not all songs are autobiographical.
    If anyone else was singing the song the misogyny would be toned down.
    This is all so exhausting. Like move on if you don’t like it.

  29. GrnieWnie says:

    I hate it when people say I’m “anti hate” or “anti bullying” or “anti mandates.” No, you’re really just a contrarian who doesn’t like being told what to do. Too bad. There are requirements to work just like there are requirements to live in this country, get hired at any other job, enrol in a school, etc. etc. What these people are really saying is “I’m against the consequences I face when I don’t live up to my social responsibilities as a citizen.” Of course you are! But too bad! Nobody cares about your feelings on your failure to do what is necessary. Just shut up and DO it.

    This song really spoke to me after a recent breakup, heheh. That said, Taylor always sounds so damn pitchy live. I was listening to Adele last night and man, Adele does NOT. She hits every note. Taylor is just….yurghhh.

  30. K says:

    There is no age limit on pain I guess. Or acting out…see Alice Evans. We have allllll been there to some extent.

  31. Likeyoucare says:

    I like her song because they resonate with my life.
    Taylor songs are for her fans to relate to their life or pretend that they were the main characters in every songs.
    And that was fun.

    If her song doesn’t make you feel something. Good for you. But that doesnt mean, all of us feel the same. You doesnt have to be mean about it. HAH! See there, she have a song about it too. LOL

  32. Margo says:

    Blake Lively has good visual sense. She does a nice job telling the story with visuals. Very dramatic – very feminine perspective. It’s a beautiful video. As for Taylor Swift, I’ll always love her because she provided me a way to connect with my daughter throughout her teen years and now with these released and new songs, we continue to connect. (Please, no hate.)

  33. Ann says:

    I don’t like the concept of the song or video….that her ex who is getting married is thinking about her the entire time. BUT the video is fun to watch. I like the part where she and the little girl are both sticking their fingers in the cake, and where she’s playing with the kids. It was a good idea to include children. Also, it looks great.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Ann, good points–I totally agree.

    • pixyloo says:

      Anybody that’s seen Killing Eve were you getting that Taylor or someone got her acting and wardrobe Inspo for the video (for the red dress part) from Villanelle!?

  34. Normades says:

    Me thinks this could also be about Blake’s ex’s. Bleo forever. You know he thinks about her as the one that dumped his ass and got away.

  35. Jess says:

    The only thing that bothers me is she is pushing the line that she grew up on a farm while he grew up rich. Taylor’s family is rich too.

  36. Bread and Circuses says:

    Hey, if it created good music, then it’s all good.

    But I gotta say, only a barely-twenty-one-year-old would imagine the near 30-year-old who dumped her after three months is regretting anything or still thinking about her.

    And only a barely-twenty-one-year-old would be that devastated about it. But again: good music.