If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past decade, it’s that you either love Taylor Swift or you detest her. There is no in-between.
I absolutely desired her and have been a loyal follower since first hearing “Tim McGraw” in 2007. You know who else I was loyally devoted to in 2007? Britney Spears. If you were around for Britney’s total meltdown, then you know how difficult it was to admit you two are a devotee during that section of their own lives. I wore my “Save Britney” t-shirt and reminded everyone that going from Justin to K-Fed would cause anyone to lose their intellect, duh.
Here we are 10 years later and I’m starting to feel that same public hatred over being a Taylor Swift fan with the upcoming liberate of The Taylor haters are coming out in full force, stunned that I still love this version of Taylor. I will admit that it was hard for me to accept the album, which signaled her official transition into pop. I knew the Taylor standing meekly on stage clutching her glittery country guitar was gone eternally. I mourned and moved closer. The 1989 World Tour was likely her better prove yet.
What’s funny to me about Taylor haters is they know almost as much information about her as I do. This reminded us that Taylor is still winning, whether you enjoy her or dislike her. The objection I hear most often about Taylor is that she is too “petty.” Well, I would argue that being obsessed with junking a luminary is also quite petty. The amount of energy people expend hating her is amusing to me because they’re still attaches great importance. Taylor’s a strategic genius like that.
Taylor has spent her young adult life constructing an untouchable empire. Can you see pitching yourself to every record label in Nashville at simply 14 years old and being rejected by every single one? Taylor’s road to fame has not been handed to her like so many other young stars we see today. She’s clawed her lane to the pinnacle, doing it her own way, by her own governs. Some contemplate her a sell up for transitioning to pop, but I think that’s a extend. I respect the hell out of her for not falling prey to becoming a pawn of the music industry. Her evolution into popping is out of a natural professional want. She has always had a vision for her job and I’m sure it didn’t involve remaining the same forever.
is not Taylor Swift selling her soul to the music industry or having a public meltdown. This is the Taylor I personally have been waiting a decade to meet. This is the Taylor that is done trying to defend herself. This Taylor is here to show us that she doesn’t care what we envision. This is the Taylor that is over trying to defend any particular version of herself that we’ve come to expect from her. This is the Taylor that has been grinded up and spit up but is still standing strong.
Why does everyone expect Taylor Swift to bide the same? Most people evolve during the course of its 20 s more than any other decade of “peoples lives”. We change our brains often. We go through horrific breakups. We have friendships come apart. Some of us even establish great mistake that may affect our lives forever. It’s a normal part of growing up. Taylor’s profession puts her under a public microscope, but I reckon she’s treating it pretty damn well. I know I wouldn’t be able to weather my private life in such a public spotlight. Why do we maintain Taylor Swift to such high standards?
I hope this album discloses the Taylor she’s been trying to conceal. I hope she tells us how she feels about everything. I hope she calls out everyone who needs to be called out. We should all stop behave like we wouldn’t secretly enjoys seeing someone who’s wronged us getting a dosage of their own karma. It’s human nature and hotshots are not immune to these very human affections. If you don’t care about Taylor Swift, “re just leaving her” alone. The rest of us can’t wait to see what she does next.