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Well ok look, I’m sorry for being snarky. Every time I talk about a pop star or celebrity or person of note on tumblr, SOMEONE messages me to tell me why I shouldn’t like them. It gets a little grating. I often wonder if these people ever turn that critical eye inwards. I guarantee that you, YES YOU, like something that someone else finds offensive or has a negative opinion of. It’s unavoidable. It just gets kind of annoying.
THAT BEING SAID, Taylor Swift is 24 and already has a decade in the music industry. While all us idiots were getting into Coles Notes versions of Wicca and crushing on sullen vampires, girl was hauling ass to Nashville and making herself a star. She’s a year younger than me and has sold over 26 million albums. She writes her own music a lot of the time, which is more than can be said for most pop stars. She’s a friggin’ powerhouse. She’s a mogul.
Are a lot of her songs sappy and ridiculous? Sure! Does she totally engage in the idea of girl-hate? Yup, sometimes! Does she make questionable choices? Oh yeah, absolutely. Is she a hero to millions of young people who could, given a choice, be into way worse, way more harmful garbage than pining over love? Absolutely.
I used to hate on Taylor Swift the way angry teens hate on pop stars. I got turned around. You can pick her apart and yes, I fully admit there are things she does and sings about that are worth considering critically. But, man. Have you HEARD Red? We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together? Love Story? The Story of Us? Mine? MEAN? Oh god, Mean is such a jam. It’s fine if you don’t like pop music, but if you do? Come on!
Feminine ain’t anti-feminist, even if she doesn’t like the word. I like to believe she’ll come around. In the meantime:
the twerking part is terrible, but the other parts of this video are amazing