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Taylor Swift Shake it Off video gets a makeover courtesy of retirement village

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Shot-by-shot recreation starring 50 residents of New Zealand retirement home and a few of their grandchildren goes viral

A group of retirees has done its own take on Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off video, adding only the occasional local, and age-appropriate, touches such as frenetic cupcake dusting.

The 50 residents from a New Zealand retirement village spent a week learning the words and moves, and their attempt has now been rewarded with tens of thousands of views online.

Staff from the facility in Palmerston North and grandchildren made cameos in the professionally shot and produced video, but the stars are the residents themselves – with the average age of the dancers being 82 (combined aged 4,000).

“Just because we’re in a retirement village, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun,” said Margaret Gregory, 72, who was cast as Swift in the video. “We still have life and energy, and sometimes I feel I do more now than when I was younger, because I have more time.”

The footage from Julia Wallace retirement village mimics the original Shake It Off music clip almost shot for shot, including costumes (stitched by a village resident), dance moves and props.

However the Kiwis decided to include some local touches – including scenes of asparagus rolls being vigorously constructed, cupcake dusting and, right at the end, the New Zealand Swift being helped off the floor by her granddaughter.

The Swift video is not the first attention-grabbing outing for the residents of Julia Wallace.

In 2015 they produced a nude calendar to raise funds for the Red Cross, and in 2014 their sister village in Christchurch did a flash mob rendition of Pharrell Williams’s Happy at the local shopping centre.

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Calvin Harris criticises 'hurtful' Taylor Swift in row over hit song

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She wrote the lyrics but I did the rest, says DJ, after magazine credits ex-girlfriend as writer of This Is What You Came For, his collaboration with Rihanna

Calvin Harris criticises 'hurtful' Taylor Swift in row over hit song
Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift dated for more than a year. Photograph: INSTAGRAM

The DJ and producer Calvin Harris has criticised his former girlfriend, pop star Taylor Swift, for making him “look bad” after a celebrity news publication reported that Swift had written Harris’s latest hit song under a pseudonym.

Citing Swift’s representative, People magazine said Swift had written This is What You Came For, which Harris released as a collaboration with singer Rihanna in April.

The magazine reported that Swift had written the song under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg while the couple were dating, and that Swift became upset over an interview in which Harris said he did not think he would work with her in the future.

Representatives for Swift did not respond to Reuters for comment.

“Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though,” Harris said, in a series of tweets directed at Swift.

Harris had firstly praised Swift as an “amazing lyric writer” as he responded on Twitter to the People report.

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After he accused Swift of trying to “bury” Katy Perry – referring to infamous animosity between the pair, rumoured to be at the heart of Swift’s song Bad Blood – Perry tweeted the following gif of Hillary Clinton, and retweeted her own post from May 2015: “Time, the ultimate truth teller.”

Eager to show their allegiances, fans of Perry and Harris used the #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty hashtag on Twitter and took to Swift’s Instagram account posting snake emojis under her photos.

Taylor Swift’s fans countered the snakes with hearts.

Calvin Harris criticises 'hurtful' Taylor Swift in row over hit song
Photograph: @TaylorSwift/Instagram

Swift, 26, and Harris, 32, split up in June after dating for more than a year. Swift, named 2016’s highest-earning celebrity by Forbes magazine, has recently been photographed with the British actor Tom Hiddleston.

Representatives for Perry did not respond to requests for comment.

Reuters contributed to this report

Celebrity shirts: getting the message off their chest

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Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift are just the latest stars to use a wordy garment to have their say in public

Celebrity shirts: getting the message off their chest
The evolution of the slogan tee. Composite: Rex/Eagle Press/XPOSURE

The very public romance between singer Taylor Swift and actor Tom Hiddleston has been charted from their first meeting (awkwardly dancing at New York’s Met Gala last May), to an early beach date in June (long lensed, like a photo love story from a teen mag) and then, last week, Hiddleston wearing a “I ♥ TS” vest.

This spoon-fed narrative of Hiddleswift reached its ridiculous pinnacle in Hiddleston’s top – the words, just clear enough to be deciphered through the blurry snaps, declared to the world that this was the “next stage” of the couple’s relationship. In the age of the visually focused Instagram feed, the slogan or image-led garment has become the new press release.

“A slogan on a piece of clothing has instant impact on social media,” says Kay Barron, fashion features director at Porter magazine. “It becomes more relatable than another picture of a pretty dress. It’s the fashion equivalent of a dreadful inspirational quote that Instagram loves so much.”

A decade ago, with the rise of websites such as Perez Hilton, Just Jared and TMZ, the appetite for celebrity photographs increased. The link between publicists and photo agencies strengthened and clothes played a key role. “Forget ‘Frankie Say Relax’ – I lay the blame for celebs’ love affair with slogan tees directly at the feet of Paris and Nicky Hilton, who wore ‘Team Aniston’ and ‘Team Jolie’ outside LA boutique Kitson in 2005,” says Heat magazine news editor Issy Sampson.

Celebrities began to use this blurred private/public space to create a visual dialogue, whether it was wearing a slogan T-shirt, a baggy top to indicate a possible pregnancy, or being seen without a significant piece of jewellery (the celebrity missing wedding ring, a perennial tabloid story). It was perfect for websites: they could editorialise the pictures, creating a story around the garment.

“Before Twitter and Instagram, the best way to get your message out there without issuing a publicist-approved statement was to get caught by TMZ with a slogan T-shirt,” says Sampson.

As the online tabloids flourished, the sassily sloganed T-shirts of designer Henry Holland (who began his career on Sneak magazine, a teen version of Heat) gained popularity. Holland’s designs harked back to the tongue-in-cheek sensibility of Katharine Hamnett in the 80s and presaged the reflective, hall-of-mirrors world that Twitter and Instagram would create. In 2006, when designer Giles Deacon appeared at his London fashion week show in Holland’s black-and-white “UHU GARETH PUGH” shirt, it began a new age of sartorial commentary.

On the catwalk the slogan has never gone out of fashion. “Slogans on clothes have been used as a way of attracting attention and getting a point across (whether political or ironic) for years and years and years,” says Barron. “Recently it has been popular in menswear, mainly thanks to Christopher Shannon’s signature witty phrases or slogans, but that Vetements’ literal DHL T-shirt brought it into womenswear too, and now has become part of their repertoire.”

Celebrity shirts: getting the message off their chest
Rihanna wearing a Princess Diana top in New York. Photograph: Buzz Foto/Rex/Shutterstock

There seem to be three key types of celebrity T-shirt slogans. The first features an image of another celebrity and indicates a twinning with that person: Rihanna sporting a Princess Diana T-shirt, or model Jourdan Dunn casting herself as a supermodel with a top featuring the names Naomi, Kate, Cara, Jourdan. The second is the existential crisis top, such as Ben Affleck or Megan Fox signalling their marriage woes (“I give what I have. I make what I am” and “I need more space” respectively). The third, like Hiddleston’s shirt, indicates their relationship status, like the sartorial version of a Facebook update: Miley Cyrus wearing a T-shirt that sported Chris Hemsworth’s surname, or Kristen Stewart wearing Robert Pattinson’s “Irie” shirt, because a shared wardrobe means true love.

More recently, Rita Ora’s sheer bikini top featuring two lemon emojis fuelled speculation that she was the other woman in Jay Z’s life and part of the narrative of Beyoncé’s Lemonade album.

Back to Hiddleswift though, Sampson is sceptical. “If he really loved her, he’d be posting loved-up, carefully filtered selfies online – that’s how it works in 2016.”