Ruby Rose is trying to extricate herself from a feud she never should have joined. Last week, Perry released “Swish Swish” an infectious track from her new album that the internet decided was the long-awaited response to Swift’s 2014 earworm and Katy Perry diss track “Bad Blood.”
Upon its release, Rose took to Twitter in defense of Swift, who’s kept an incredibly low profile as of late.
“Purposeful poop” to “bomb a petit” to a sloppy mess of writing over the top of Funkagenda..stop trying to make ‘Wit..I mean “fetch” happen.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 19, 2017
I just think with everything going on in the world to go from rebranding as political activist only to ditch it and go low.. is.. a bummer.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 19, 2017
I’ve always stood up for the people I love and against things I think are cheap or mean spirited. That’s not new. You have to follow your ❤️— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 19, 2017
Though Rose didn’t mention Perry by name, it was very clear that she was coming to Swift’s defense. Meanwhile, Perry denied that the song was about any one person after being pressed by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.
“I think it’s a great anthem for people whenever someone’s trying to hold you down or bully you,” Perry said. “There ya go. I’ll leave it at that.”
It appears as though Rose heard Perry’s denial, because over the weekend she once again took to Twitter, this time to explain and distance herself from her earlier vitriol.
Being mean doesn’t suit me and leaves me feeling dirty. Truth is being mean leaves more leaks in your camp than the titanic and I ..— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 20, 2017
Get so triggered when I think bullies don’t get held accountable and it makes me think I should say something.. but it’s not place.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 20, 2017
I have always believed strongly that Karma exists and the truth always surfaces however I’m not god and I can’t decide when or how that is.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 20, 2017
Clearly comes from being bullied in school & wanting to stick up for the underdogs. However I shouldn’t stoop because then the msg is mixed.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) May 20, 2017
It’s anyone’s guess what happened to make Rose have a sudden change of heart. In past interviews, Rose has credited being bullied in high school for driving her to “be something.” Rose, who came out when she was 12, said that the bullying got so bad she had to be hospitalized after a classmate smashed a chair in the back of her head when she was just 16. “They didn’t like the fact I was different,” she told The Edit. “I don’t think they had hatred for me, per se; I think it was more that I stuck out like a sore thumb.”
Is it possible that after piling on Perry, Rose took a look in the mirror and didn’t like what she saw? Or maybe she saw what happened to Kanye and Kim’s reps after Kanye went after Taylor. We’ll see if she manages to actually make it out of the feud.