But a source close to Swift defended the singer, saying her video has a "beginning, a middle and an end", plus multiple locations.
Although Swift has been keeping a low profile, due in large part to her actual reputation, the music video has shot her back into the spotlight.
Other overt references include "Track 5" graffiti written inside of a subway station - as the song is the fifth from her album Reputation.
The video shows off the very best of Swift and what endears her to her legions of fans - the ideal of a goofy and real person that always manages to fight its way up through her veneer of celebrity.
Kevin Faulk, who frequently appears on gay porn site Randy Blue, plays the bodyguard whose attention Swift desperately tries to obtain by flapping around in "Delicate", while he remains unfazed, which in turn helps Swift realize she is now invisible. The clip was filmed in downtown Los Angeles and directed by a frequent collaborator, Joseph Kahn.
The rehearsal is basically the lo-fi version of what we first saw in "Delicate", right down to Swift's gleeful puddle-jumping and leaps.
Just when her fans freaked out and thought that they will never get to see the old Taylor - I guess it's time to ease our shoulders and relax.