As you may or may not should be aware by now, Taylor Swift just popped out a new album TODAY. I may or may not have just picked the deluxe edition at Target on my way to work. (Answer: yes, that happened. And yes, I was that person waiting at the door as they opened, running down the aisles to get my hands on it and get back out to my car.) A new Taylor Swift album means a whole new set of lyrics my best friend and I can text back and forth to each other, and a whole new soundtrack to get me through the colder months. (If you didn’t know already, Taylor always releases her albums in the fall, i.e. they’re all I listen to on repeat through February or March. Maybe April.)
If you’ve reached this point in reading and decided I’m another one of those T Swift lunatics you can’t stand, #sorrynotsorry. You might want to skip this one.
But that does bring me to a point—why are people so quick to judge Taylor? I get it if her music isn’t your cup of tea. Well, I don’t get that, but I can respect it, I guess. But all those people who just can’t stand her? Why? Does she really seem fake? Because I find her to be one of the most genuine stars out there. She is fully aware of her privilege, and tries as hard as she can to run her life like a normal person. She runs her own social media accounts, and often takes time to personally reply to her fans and give them advice. She has admitted to stalking the social media accounts and blogs of her fans, just like the rest of us. She could be reading this right now. (Doubtful, but one can hope.) What other star has planned a secret mission to attend a fan’s bridal shower, and gifted her with her own baking and a freakin’ Kitchenaid? If this all seems like an act to you, then I really think you’re overestimating her acting skills. The girl is on it all the time.
Other reasons Tay Tay is awesome/quite possibly secretly my best friend:
- She appreciates the awesomeness that is Friends.
- She appreciates the awesomeness that is the 80s pop sound.
- She’s obsessed with her cats.
- She isn’t afraid to dance like no one is watching.
- She loves baking, and shares her recipes with her fans.
- She doesn’t need to be followed by the media to help a good cause.
- She is true to herself and her image, and doesn’t need to resort to fitting in with the “sexy” or “edgy” trends in Hollywood to be successful. She’s never fallen into the partying bandwagon, either.
- She plans her album releases around my birthday, every time. (Let me keep this fantasy, okay?)
Anyway, I’m sorry, I just really don’t understand her haters. I mean, I’m pretty convinced Tay and I are secretly best friends, so maybe take what I say with a grain of salt, but I don’t know how you couldn’t at least respect her, if not become completely charmed by her, if you were to pay slight attention.
As a last point, if your issue with her is her dating history and/or its involvement in her songs, I will just leave you with two points for thought. First, how unusual is it, really, for a woman her age to have had a grand total of 6 boyfriends? No one would care if these weren’t famous people, and it’s no one’s place but her own to judge her dating history. PLUS, how many male celebrities do you see chastised for the same behavior? Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate but she’s just gonna shake shake shake shake shake it off.
Secondly, writing songs about love is what songwriters do. Taylor does use her music as a form of a diary, but who are we to judge her for that? And why do no other songwriters (ESPECIALLY men) receive such flack for writing about their current and former love interests? The men who date Taylor must be fully aware of the probability that they will be featured in one of her songs, whether in a good way or a bad way, just as the people who date any other songwriter must be fully aware they’ll appear somewhere in the songwriter’s lyrics at some point. At least Tay’s mostly coy about it.
End rant. If you got through all of that, I applaud you. I’ve been needing to get some of that off my chest for a while now. Now, on to listening to this album on repeat. SO EXCITED.
Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What’s your favorite song?
p.s. if you need any more help learning to love Taylor, read this.