Why Taylor Swift Offends Little Monsters, Feminists, and Weirdos

Ed.Note July 2012: This post was composed in February of 2010 in response to The Grammys during a time when I was a serious Lady Gaga fanatic. I remain a Gaga fan but am honestly kinda embarrassed by the unbridled Gaga fanaticism expressed in this post. In lieu of retro-editing the post, I encourage you to see the few statements about Gaga contained herein in the context of that time and not let those statements distract you from the rest of the post. Obviously Taylor Swift herself has changed since then and will continue to, so just you know, appreciate this for the little time capsule it is.


Yesterday, looking for Daily Fix links, I came upon an MTV news piece by James Montgomery titled “Why You Shouldn’t Hate On Taylor Swift.” Fair enough — the hype cycle moves quickly these days and now is probably the opportune moment for someone to step up and captain the “backlash-to-the-backlash” train. But his argument is so off point I wondered if he’d picked this topic or if the unprovable thesis had been assigned to him. Because it’s a difficult point to prove.

For starters, no one has been “hating on Taylor” — as I understand it, they’ve been hating on Taylor Swift the Product and, as of late, her accumulation of Important Awards. See, there’s nothing to hate about Taylor Swift the human. She’s nice and honest, she’s pumped much-needed cash into the music industry, she looks cute in glasses and she’s friends with Our Heroine Ellen DeGeneres.

There wasn’t even anything to “hate” about Taylor Swift’s twangy addictive pop/country music until she snagged Album of the Year, thus transitioning her from “harmlessly popular teenage pop fad” into the (relatively) Legendary-for-artistic-merit context associated with prior winners like John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill, U2, Outkast and Eric Clapton.

Furthermore, relative to the oft-criticized oversexed young ladies of pop music, the Great Proverbial Mothers of America agree that they’d like their babies to grow up to be cowgirls, as long as that cowgirl is as effortlessly adorable and endearingly successful as Taylor Swift. And well; from a distance, that idea seemed fine to me too. If you’re one of those mothers who insist on conservative role models who compose girl-bashing boy-crazy rain-soaked anthems and you value a starlette’s “purity” over intelligence or even raw singing talent, then fine; better Taylor than Bristol Palin or G-d forbid, her mother. More on that in a minute.

The article claims this “hating” on Taylor is another nasty result of the internet’s “secure blanket of anonymity” — that people hate on Taylor because they can. That’s silly, ’cause the “hating” he describes comes from identified Facebook users and identified journalists. So, moving on.

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His other primary theory for why everyone “suddenly” is “hating” on Taylor is that post-#kanyeshrug, Taylor earned “bona fide mainstream celebrity” status which made her vulnerable to corresponding widespread attack and criticism. That’s untrue as well: most of these so-called “haters” either never liked Taylor or didn’t know of her ’til she won the award that their favorite musician lost. They’re not “hating” on Taylor simply because generalized “celebrity-hating” is a sport.

Where do my negative feelings towards her fit in? I didn’t know much about her ’til the VMAs, when right after learning who That Girl was, she beat Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga for “video of the year” and I yelled [a bit drunk, I admit] “WHAT THE FUCK? GAGA? BEYONCE? ANYONE?” at the teevee, and, as if on cue, Hennessey-shitfaced Kanye popped up on stage to speak my mind and consequently kill his reputation.

Unsurprisingly 75% of the commenters on the MTV piece disagree with Montgomery’s case on all counts, particularly his dismissive “So what if Taylor had an off performance?,” since Taylor always has an off performance. In fact, MTV found the dueling commentary on the article so interesting that they made an article out of the comments before I even finished writing this one.

Yes, this gigantic essay began as a comment for that MTV article. I had feelings. They were getting too long for a blog comment. I decided to take said feelings to a Daily Fix. Then I hesitated.

See, I don’t like dwelling in negativity, nor do I enjoy vilifying anyone besides politicians & Ilene Chaiken. In fact, I prefer writing to endorse redemption of popular villains, such as Tila Tequila and Jenny Schecter.

“…Her entitlement to a blatantly untrue ‘fairy tale’ narrative tastes disingenuous and cheap.”

But I can’t seem to let go of this Taylor Swift thing, and though the comparison is extreme, she irritates me much like John McCain irritated me for most of 2008… or, more accurately, how Avril Lavigne‘s faux-“punk” abstinence anthem “Don’t Tell Me” irritates me or yes, how the Twilight franchise occasionally irritates me (though I’ve seen the first movie now, and I admit it does look cool).

I’ve already shared some of my qualms with you: that I feel her win represents a sinister endorsement of mediocrity/Wonderbread, that it means Digestible beat Daring and I prefer daring, that I’m irked by her consistent inability to recognize more deserving nominees in her acceptance speeches, and that her entitlement to a blatantly untrue ‘fairy tale’ narrative tastes disingenuous and cheap.

But, even after writing that, I felt guilty for having such antagonistic feelings about Taylor Swift the Image when Taylor Swift the Person is, obviously, a good human being.

However, before I brought it up again (especially this late, as the backlash-to-the-backlash part is over and we’re now in the Valley of WhoCares, which is clearly where I “thrive”), I knew I had to do my Taylor Swift due diligence. After reading that MTV article I did it: I listened to her music, read her blog, and watched her videos.

And I finally figured it out.

Taylor Swift is a feminist’s nightmare.

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The rush to exalt Swift is (I believe) a desperate attempt to infuse our allegedly apocalypse-bound country with a palatable conservative ideology in the form of a complacent, repressed feminine ideal. It’s working ’cause Swift writes good songs and America is terrified that its children have been scarred by Britney Spears’s psychotic vagina and Miley Cyrus’s obnoxious adolescence.

“The Grammy voters chose someone who, according to her lyrics, has spent her entire life waiting for phone calls and dreaming about horses and sunsets.”

Rather than choosing an established/evolved talent (Beyoncé) or a fresh potential revolutionary (Lady Gaga), the Grammys chose someone who, according to her lyrics, has spent her entire life waiting for phone calls and dreaming about horses and sunsets.

Though the debate over her performance skills is a well-beaten horse at this point, her unequivocal worthiness as a role model for girls has been accepted complacently; at least within my limited purview.

Listen up; if I ever get my life together enough to reproduce other life forms, they will not be joining Taylor Nation — they will be brave, creative, inventive, envelope-pushing little monsters who will find a pretty, skinny white blonde girl in a white peasant shirt strolling through nature-themed screensaver-esque fantasylands singing about how “when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe themnot only sappy, but also insulting to their inevitable brilliance.

I don’t want my unborn grandchildren to listen to the story of how Taylor Swift won a Grammy she hadn’t earned. I want them to set pianos on fire.
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1. Age is Just a Number

First, let’s address the age issue; as Swift is often celebrated as some kind of child prodigy. Twenty isn’t young and her talent, while exceptional, is not unheard of. Grammys have gone to Adele (21), Christina Aguilera (20 in ’00), LeAnn Rimes (16 in ’97), Mariah Carey (21 in ’90) and Alicia Keys (20 in ’02), among others. Until there’s evidence Swift can sing live, she’s not uniquely qualified as a musician.

Why does Swift seem, at 20, a decade younger than Lady Gaga? ‘Cause Swift’s package is “Purity Sue Ingenue”:  eternally childlike, obedient and one-dimensional. Mothers love this package, and teenage girls are hypnotized by her simple songs and pretty hair and propensity for crying on her instruments.

Listen up! When Beyoncè was Swift’s age, she was onstage with Destiny’s Child, proclaiming: “The house I live in / I’ve bought it / The car I’m driving / I’ve bought it / All the women who are independent / Throw your hands up at me!”


It goes without saying — because, of course, no one wants to say it — that Swift was able to succeed so early ’cause her family was both supportive & wealthy enough to enable her ambitions. Swift had dreams, she chased ’em, and she got ’em; all before puberty! That’s not a Cinderella story, that’s more or less the most awesome childhood of all time.

“Why does Swift seem, at 20, a decade younger than 23-year-old Lady Gaga? ‘Cause Taylor is the ingenue: eternally childlike, obedient and one-dimensional.”

So let’s stop judging her work on children’s terms and excusing that giggly self-absorption as a folly of youth. It’s annoying.

Never was this bunnyrabbitchild persona more exploited than it was after the VMAs. If Kanye had snatched that mike from Lady Gaga, she would’ve snatched it right back, called Kanye an asshole (he is), admitted he was right (he was), and the whole thing would’ve been done and DONE. She certainly wouldn’t have needed — or wanted — the entire country’s fawning faux-sympathy for months afterward.

Taylor had another chance at the VMA’s end to prove her maturity by thanking and honoring Beyoncé for calling her back up to speak. But no, she was just like, “A’ight my turn!”

Role models aren’t suspended children, trapped by projections and unable to grow until affirmed by an idealized male partner. Role models grow and change and challenge themselves and are rewarded for exceptionalism, not potential. Independently.
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2. Yes, she writes her own songs (sorta). And it Shows.

Swift’s songwriting is as thematically ambitious as a 15-year-old’s LiveJournal, which is to say, like a 15-year-old’s LiveJournal, it never strives for thematic weight or challenges ideas not already covered by Sweet Valley High or The Children’s Illustrated Bible.

If Swift’s work connects with teenage girls, it does so on the most simplistic, reductive territory of all: pining for boys, walking in the rain, kissing in the rain, crying drops of tears on her guitar, driving in trucks with cool boys, wanting boys she can’t have, more rain, more letter-writing, more stalking, more broken hearts, breathing problems as a side-effect of broken hearts, fairytale princess this, white horse that, more pining at the window, more psuedo-stalking, more incomplete hearts yearning for your touch, and one song that misinterprets Shakespeare and The Scarlet Letter so criminally I’m certain she’s never read either.

Swift simply hasn’t had the life experience and doesn’t inherently possess the emotional maturity to create great art. Which is fine — most young pop stars don’t, which is why they don’t win Grammys.

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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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882 Comments

  1. I wish people would stop freaking hating on Taylor!! You’re all jealous. She’s a brilliant singer, she inspires young girls like me, and her songs are meaningfull. I can’t believe you are comparing HER to Lady flamming Gaga. Lady Gaga sings ”Rara oulala,rara oulala.” -.-‘ Please. Maybe you should all get off your butts, stop hating, and go to work/school.

    Ps : I’m 11 and French. Any problems about my spelling? :) x

  2. Ugh, Lady Gaga STINKS. Her music is terrible. I thought we’d gotten over all that “ra ra ooh ooh la la ga ga ring a ding ding ding bom bom ooh eeh ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang” shit years ago. Lady Gaga is not a punk or a revolutionary. Lady Gaga is the new Crazy Frog.

    But yes, Taylor Swift is an awful person.

  3. This analysis is quite thorough. But I’m not sure a great deal of the points you bring up are actually relevant to Taylor’s success. You basically say Taylor is too young, too immature, and not talented enough to deserve the success she’s experienced?

    But her success largely comes from young, immature, inexperienced teenagers and/or young adults who could care less about many of the points you bring up (which you do mention).

    These young people are more likely to attend concerts, watch MTV, buy music, buy Taylor Swift “stuff” (perfume, make up, whatever), request songs on the radio, and otherwise popularize Taylor’s music than generations in their 30s and later.

    So I’m personally confused as to why her success is *surprising* at all. If you want more artists who appeal to an older age group to be more popular/recognized… than that older age group is going to need to be more active in the music and entertainment industry.

    Which probably isn’t going to happen, seeing as these demographics haven’t changed for several decades. But who knows.

    It seems like every time some young, new artist comes out and becomes very popular among young people, a great deal of cranky older folks start grumbling about how “young folks these days just don’t know what real talent is…”

    Right. Well, this “phenomenon” has been happening for decades.

    Yes, popularity does not equal talent. But popularity does equal success, at least in the music industry. This is not shocking, nor should it be. I’m not even sure why you would propose that it should change- do you propose subsidizing artists with “real” talent (however we would define that) to make up for their lack of monetary success?

    Perhaps it would be more satisfying to hand out these shiny awards based solely on a person’s merit as an artist, but is it really fair to completely discount a person’s relative popularity among their audience? How other people (yes, teenagers and young adults count as people, too) perceive art is arguably just as important, if not more so, than the artwork itself. Besides, the monetary component here would never allow for a widely popular award show that operated *only* based on artistic merit. People like to watch the people they like best win awards. Shockingly, people do not always like artists based solely on their merits as an artist, nor do they judge artistic merit in the same way. Award shows like to have lots of viewers. So of course award shows take into account the popularity of an artist when giving out awards.

    I’m really just not certain what you would change about the current situation.

    And in the end, no matter how much people grumble about Taylor Swift/Justin Bieber/the newest boy/girl wonder- they still wind up ridiculously rich and with a huge number of loyal fans. So I really doubt your grumbling is going to matter much, in the grand scheme of things.

    But go ahead and grumble, if it makes you feel better…

  4. I am more than a little tired of “feminist” voices on sites like Jezebel and this one deciding which women in the entertainment industry are worthy of respect and recognition, and which women should just go f*ck themselves and die already. All I can tell from feminist blog posts is that they have less to do with feminism and more to do with being offended and pissed off about everything always all the time. I don’t know how feminism got so perverted and warped into an eternal bitch-fest, but it has and it’s irritating as fuck and it alienates people who might want to join the cause, so to speak. There’s no room for dissent and there’s no room for devil’s advocacy or seeing things from a different perspective, BECAUSE YOU WOULD GET FUCKING OFFENDED AND THROW A FIT. Feminism is fucking great. Feminists are fucking insecure little bitches who spend more time badmouthing other women than supporting ladykind.

    I find it laughable that this author would critique Taylor Swift to death, yet in the same article praise Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga is your feminist heroine, really? Taylor Swift sings about love and break-ups and so what if it appeals to teenager girls? Is it really fair to go after her when the message that is sent to tween and teen girls is so fucked up to begin with? How about we stop holding up the Jonas Brother, One Direction, Justin Bieber, etc. and the like as unattainable goalcrushes that young girls are supposed to pine away for until they grow out of it or The Next Big Thing comes along. I’m sorry you don’t like Taylor Swift and I’m sorry you think her music is anti-feminist, banal and full of slut-shaming messages. I’m not a huge fan of hers, but I don’t think it’s fair to go after her when most women in the music industry write songs about relationships, men and break-ups, and most women in the music industry also have public relationships, public break-ups and public divorces. So what if Taylor Swift thinks being a virgin is better than not, and so what if you find her message troubling? It’s not FOR you. It’s for young tweens, teen girls and young women who find themselves able to relate to her songs. Maybe she’s not what an experienced, sexually active woman is looking for as a musical idol, but you can’t tell me Lady Gaga is a feminist model, either. In sum, TORI AMOS ROCKS.

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  7. This article was incredible: backed up with just the right amount of evidence to make the argument plausible.

    I disagree on only one point, really: I DO have a problem with Taylor the person. For her to have written these lyrics she has to have the same slut-shaming opinions, and her inherent lack of maturity (as if dating someone four years your junior wasn’t enough, you also made fun on him in the public sphere because the only thing you’re capable of is personal attacks?) renders her, in my opinion, a completely inappropriate role model.

    I’ve never been particularly upset that Taylor Swift is wealthy and successful–what has always upset me and will continue to upset me is that, as a role model for young girls, she is underhandedly promoting prejudice and a lack of realism. As you so accurately said, the same doors that opened for Taylor Swift will not open for everyone else. Sometimes you need wealthy parents, a pretty face, and the mentality that liking country music is the most bully-worthy quality about a teenager.

    Go figure. It’s not like people would get bullied worse for their sexuality or their weight or their looks. Nope, Taylor totally knows what it’s like to be completely victimized, because, hey, she likes country music and that’s “totally not cool”.

    Someone pass me a bucket.

  8. Come back when you have seven Grammy awards, six CMAs, eleven AMAs, seven CMAAs, a Starlight award, four BMAs, fourteen BYEs, fourteen BMIs, two CMT artist of the year awards, six CMT awards, seven CMT online awards, three MTV europe awards, an MTV VMA, a Metrolyrics award, five NSAIs, one ROH, four PCAs, seventeen TCAs, a YHA, four CCMAs, three NMAs, three KCAs, eleven TCAs, a few others to a total of 151 awards and 185 nominations. Then come back and insult her.

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  11. Romantic love might be inconsistent with your idea of feminism, but frankly that makes no sense.

    How about this, a young woman of 14 years old who dreams of being a singer, and who has finally gotten recorded, but at age 14 she dumps the record company because they don’t let her be in control of the production of her music. That, by the way, is unheard of, and beyond gutsy.

    Then, she is finally picked up years later another record company, and she becomes a superstar. She does all the artistic decisions, and also manages all aspects of the business, She is in control. That, is feminism at its best. And, if you don’t share her view where she sings about her desire for a romantic mate, that’s fine, but it’s silly to say she’s not a feminist. She did more for women in the music industry than most feminists, perhaps even more than anyone.

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  15. I loved and enjoyed reading your perspective on T. Swift. Not a fan; her songs are catchy, and I can honestly say I used relate to her lyrics from waiting by the phone to broken hearts. I was a teen, so yeah. I relied on the ‘safety’ of hearing about true happiness, weddings, and having a family. But I grew up. Fairy tales distort our reality. Happiness isn’t given to you, you have to work for it, especially for yourself, not boys or other girls.

    Right now, I’m in love with Lady Gaga. She writes on sexuality, living on the edge, understanding and appreciating HERSELF and not giving a damn about what others have to say. She also works hard to write about what’s going on in the world: youth empowerment, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development. That’s reality. I agree with Riese when she said Gaga would steal the microphone back from Kanye, or better yet, letting him speak his mind only to give him a piece of her mind thus teaching her fans to stand up for themselves. An optimistically safe fairytale taught by Swift would’ve never taught a teenage girl to fight back but hide behind thick glasses.

    There are pros and cons in living in a fairy tale and living in the real world. I’d rather have my future set for myself then crying over boys at age 30.

  16. I never had an interest in TS and consequently i don’t know what most of this is about – but i sincerely loved your ode to LG and all the instances of ‘LG woulda…’ woven through it all.

    It fills me with warmth and glee.

  17. I love Taylor Swift.

    Having grown up a fat kid with Asperger’s Syndrome, I’ve had my share of being picked on, and I don’t object to Taylor’s reminiscence of being bullied. Whatever form they take, personal attacks are horrible.

    The article implies Taylor’s success to be have been easily achieved. Ability to pursue a record deal surely doesn’t make doing so somehow “easy.”

    To call Taylor’s casting herself as an outcast “silly” is presumptuous. While her visual and audible aspects delight me, I have read banally vicious comments from dissimilar persuasions. Smiling and performing in the media, her prettiness inevitably shines through. How can Reise know of Taylor’s school peers’ approach to her? Personal attacks vary subtly. I disagree with the description of “beauty” as “standard-issue prettiness;” beauty, in this context, is genetic formation’s projection of individuality.

    The disdain for a homeschooling agency’s concern with family values and abstinence, and the vague association of Taylor with authoritarian religiosity, are condescending.

    To read such desire as expressed in the “Fearless” album as an impaired dependency on males is a misinterpretation. Only two songs plea for favour over more provocatively dressed or “beautiful” rivals. Is this necessarily part of a pro-abstinence agenda, or a plea for recognition of a deeper, mutual intimacy? The desires expressed in the “Fearless” album do not indicate emotional immaturity or lack of life experience, they are eloquent, reflective expressions of intense emotion. Does a desire to be recognised over more a more provocative rival really manifest a sexual double standard?

    “Fifteen” laments a friend’s failed relationship with the line “Abigail gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind.” The crying the song mentions seems to be over the end of a relationship. Riese can’t know the full complexities of an incident briefly mentioned in song.

    This article’s indignation seems to be based on an interpretation of a lyric of “You Belong With Me,” and a supposed promotion of abstinence.

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  19. To preface, I am not going to address the points made in this article criticizing this performer for not promoting the author’s apparent social and political needs. I hold her as fully capable of finding fulfillment in these areas rather than look for them to be validated in pop stars. Artists offer their creative talents to the public and find those who resonate with it. Politicians and those promoting social change offer opinions and stances that elicit agreement or disagreement, the accepted arena of debate and controversy. Though, in my view, this artist DOES offer inspiration toward self-reflection far beyond what the article attempted to point out, transcending gender-based or cultural views. There is no doubt that Taylor Swift’s skyrocketing public career invites scrutiny or praise from a fair appraisal of the artist’s work. I believe the question of which one to focus on is always answered at a personal level. No matter what can be gleaned and considered “fact” from the internet or the roving eyes of the media, each reporter holds the responsibility for what they decide to publish. At a time when celebrities often avoid the press and its tendency to spin a story for dollars and sensational attention regardless of fact, Taylor Swift has, in my opinion, met this often misused tool with dignity and grace, by opening herself to all those who approach her in sincere friendship. This attitude is so atypical and rare for a world-famous performer, that I imagine interviewers and writers might miss her invitation to step up and receive the gift of authenticity she holds so gracefully. I don’t know Taylor, but if others see her as someone they look to for inspiration, then she has the ability to reach in and touch their hearts—understandably reaching those of similar age and experience who still have them open. Most youth these days can spot insincerity a mile away, and if someone were selling an image rather than speaking their truth, their popularity would not last long. From what little I’ve seen of her incredibly personal video blogs and frank interviews, I can easily see why so many are drawn to her, whatever their sex or age. Regardless of some of the sadness she has incurred in relationships, after she expresses it (openly admitting her music is her diary for this) she finds release, and seems to keep a positive outlook. Is this not an attribute to aspire to? I put it to the author of this article to contrast with some of the more superficial influences noted. As for personal strength, with her powerful, yet vulnerable vehicle of expression, she may give pause to anyone who is still learning about consequences when they publicly judge another, especially creative artists, who are usually very sensitive and thus their ability to connect at a deep level. Her song, “Mean” not only sent a wake up call to those who use the internet, media, and the power of words as a forum to say whatever they want while hiding behind their screens, but also became a positive message that rippled around the world to check bullying. Again, is this something that gets overlooked because it doesn’t fir in with more forceful agendas people think will support change? A movement for social change from a person who has no political agenda works like no other because it becomes a real experience for the person that has been moved by an inspiring artist. In short, Taylor demonstrates the change that happens automatically when people are treated as equals; caring for those she’s just met by offering kindness, rather than wanting to be seen as someone aloof and unreachable. This is a state that wise philosophers and lifelong humanitarians aspire to in their elder years, and the benefits of emotional healing that come as the result of creative expression is also well-documented. I salute any member of the media who can let go of their own self interests and concerns of being criticized by their peers or readers for not catering to the cynicism and politics of our social media, and instead pay forward the openness and inclusiveness that is at the heart of Taylor’s music, natural popularity, and her spirit. I may not be one of her screaming fans at her concerts, but I aspire to be a dedicated follower of the human kindness she embodies, and which is carried around the world through the instrument of her voice, her powerful music, her heart-felt words. Jonathan Joshua

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  22. I don’t think this article is right, or says anything new at all. We all know how Taylor is, and if you don’t like her go listen to Marilyn Manson, listen to Queen, listen to other great artists. Let Taylor be. Also, that she was able to make it this far by luck/work/talent/money/whatever needs to be appreciated. I guess I just don’t like the author’s attitude here. Don’t diss on people, alright, just because they are not to your liking and popular.
    Also, not sure if the author realizes that both Taylor and Lady Gaga (and Beyonce and Kanye West) are ultimately the products of the same industry, ‘made’ by so many other talented artists, producers, songwriters, fashion designers, videographers, photographers, and marketing professionals. You can’t really judge them personally because you end up judging the carefully crafted persona that was created by many and for many.

  23. Definitely not sticking up for Taylor Swift here, but if you are going to make a reference to Bayonne being a reference for an independent women, remember when she was younger and in destiny’s child they had a song called bills, which complained that men should be paying all her bills. Just saying.

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