Taylor Swift Uses NY Drive-In As Backdrop for New Lyric Video
Talk about a cool little fact that hits close to home (literally.)
Last week, Taylor Swift dropped the best surprise that happened throughout the coronavirus pandemic. She had recorded an album while being quarantined and was ready to share it with the world. 'Folklore’ was released on July 24th and so far, the new sound has taken the world by storm. Although not the typical sound from Swift herself, many have loved the new vibe.
Here's where it gets interesting. One of the songs off of 'Folklore' is called 'this is me trying' and an official lyric video had been released. The background/backdrop of the 3-minute+ video was of Greenville’s Drive-In 32, a drive-in movie theater located in Greenville, NY, in the Capital Region area.
The owners of the drive-in had no idea footage was being used for the music video. They took to their Facebook page to release a statement:
After releasing their statement, owners of the drive-in found out that footage of the property was found on Shutterstock by Swift's creative team. Shutterstock is a provider of stock photography, stock footage, stock music, and editing tools.
"So, some of the pieces are starting to come together. An eagle-eyed fan has pointed out that someone has posted some footage of our drive-in on Shutterstock as 'abandoned upstate drive-in'. The problem, of course, is that in the wide shots you can see the biergarten, which we installed, meaning that this footage was obtained when we were fully operational, they were just trespassing in the off-season. Anyway, I guess we are going to have to start by yelling at Shutterstock and getting them to take down that footage."
Sounds like quite the situation. The video now has over two million views.
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