You Need to Calm Down

So, I’m going to put it out there. I like Taylor Swift’s music. When I first heard her country tunes when she was knee-high to a grasshopper (okay, she was probably already taller than me), I thought they were cute and the lyrics good, the music catchy. All of that hasn’t really changed except that she’s attracting a bigger audience these days. And a lot of criticism.

Before she became a big thang, I read comments posted on youtube, etc., where women would say that she can’t sing. She doesn’t have a voice. She thinks she’s so cute. They certainly didn’t. (Women can be really mean to each other.)

When she crossed-over and became a big thang, it got worse. Why isn’t she political? (Isn’t that her business and not yours?) Why does she write about all of her relationships? (She’s a writer; we do that.) Why does she make herself out to be an underdog? (Have your read your comments?)

The only reason why I’m writing this post is because I saw reviews of this video before I even saw the video. They were snarky and bordered on mean and catty. And we’re talking about writers for larger online publications.

You are somebody that I don’t know
But you’re takin’ shots at me like it’s Patrón
And I’m just like, damn, it’s 7 AM

One reviewer said: those lines don’t even make sense.

Shrug. Taking shots. Doing shots. Patrón. I like it. I like the near rhyme of 7 am and Patron. But then I’m affable. Wink. Wink.

The critics then went on to say that Swift was using the LGBTQ community rather than supporting them. Well, really? If that were true, would so many of the more visible members of the community have appeared in her video?

Why do people write such derisive nonsense? Well, they want to drive traffic to their website, of course. Inflammatory. Mean. Derisive. It all works. Place a misleading headline and then show a two-hour slide show. Or ridicule and/or denigrate the reigning queen of pop music. It all works. I guess.

I’d like to think the people who write the nonsense are better people in person. Here’s to hoping. And, here’s the video. What do you think about it? I think the song is cute (at least her voice is) and catchy. How can you not love the silly making up of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry or Ryan Reynolds as Norman Rockwell….and this all new kind of American town. Love it! Give me your thoughts.

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9 replies »

  1. I love it. The world would be so much better if we don’t go about spiting each other. It costs 0.0$ to be nice. Also, I stand for equality. #ForeverSwiftie

  2. I’ve always been a bit hit or miss on her. I’m either not a huge fan or I really love a song (granted, I’m that way with a lot of artists, I’m just picky), but I’m not going to go and start bashing all the songs I’m not a fan of. I do think that too many people get wrapped up in what someone “famous” is or isn’t doing and they just need to get over it.

  3. I like her. I’m not a rabid fan, but I enjoy the few songs I’ve heard. Mostly I listen to oldies because I’m old, but sometimes I hear a newer song. I also enjoy some country. My view is that celebs shouldn’t get political, but unless they’re obnoxious I’ll ignore it either way.

    • It’s funny because if they do get political someone will tell them to just shut up and sing. If they don’t get political then they’re told they’re irresponsible. I think the current climate in the US shows that people should mind their own political business instead of fanning flames and minding the business of others. Actually that might hold true for a lot more than politics. heh…I think I just wrote an entire blog post in a comment box. 😀

  4. I like her and I think she speaks/sings for a couple of generations . She certainly speaks for my daughter who is now 31. There are always armchair critics or b’s who have nothing better to do than carp and critique and probably cannot sing their way out of a paper bag!

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