Every time Taylor Swift does something crazy, this post gets a ton of hits. Consider this your living document of Crazy Shit Taylor Swift Does.
This month, Taylor, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian locked themselves in a Fame Whoring battle over Kanye Wests’ song “Famous”.
In corner 1, we have the Kardashian- Wests. Kanye West famously stepped all over Taylor’s 2009 VMA acceptance speech to tell the world Taylor’s “You Belong with Me” video was “good”, but Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video should have won. This did basically nothing for Taylor or Beyonce but got Kanye a load of attention. Flash forward to 2016, and Kimmy K has Snapchat proof that Taylor let Kanye use her name on Kanye’s record. Check out the full transcript here.
In Corner 2, we have Taylor Swift, Serial Narcissist and World’s Richest Person. Taylor and Kanye have just about nothing in common, but no one ever taught Taylor to Ignore the Bullies. When Kim called out Taylor’s lyin’, famemongering ways, Taylor shot back with this Instagram post:
So sweet, Taylor. I especially love the iPhone screenshot. You are so down to Earth. Except you sue your fans on Etsy.
This feud probably started like this:
Kim: Who can we mess with to get our names in the tabloids again?
Kanye: Taylor Swift.
Last night at the Grammys, Taylor Swift won Album of the Year.
She took the opportunity to feud with more black people. This time, she targeted Kanye West’s new song “Famous”, where West raps he and Swift “might still have sex” because he made “that bitch famous”.
I’m really glad Taylor got her copy of Life of Pablo.
I watched and read her acceptance speech and she doesn’t actually mention Kanye by name.
“I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
Kanye has had a horrible weekend, so it’s real easy to diss him right now. Still, her speech felt a little entitled. I don’t feel like Taylor should have used her moment of triumph to hater- bash. I really wish she would, ahem, focus on the work, and also, positive energy.
ORIGINAL POST: 5/17/2015
After Swift trademarked the phrase “Nice To Meet You. Where You Been?”, I actually believed she’d insured her legs for 40 million dollars.
To show everyone how many friends she has, Taylor Swift cast just about every person she’s ever met in her “Bad Blood” music video. I found Kendrick Lamar’s appearance particularly shocking. Taylor has confessed herself a hardcore Kendrick Lamar fan, so I wasn’t surprised she tried wrangling him into her brand. I’m surprised he agreed. It gets better. In the new version of “Bad Blood”, he raps. It’s very Katy Perry.
The “Bad Blood” video premiered tonight at the Billboard Music Awards. They put it on Vevo after the show.
The video looks like a casting call for warrior vixens, with an action movie beginning and end. It’s actually pretty cool, except Taylor awkwardly inserts herself into almost every single frame.
She can’t even let Kendrick have his own face.
Despite her relentless narcissism, people love this girl. News outlets throw her name in stories just for hits. Audiences eat up everything about her. It’s like Taylor Swift is water in the new Mad Max movie.
She has genius business moves. Still, I think Taylor Swift is losing her mind. Here are a few examples:
- Taylor released the best track on her album, “New Romantics”, as a bonus track. Says Rolling Stone music critic Ron Sheffield:
I have no idea why she left a song this urgent and glittery and perfect song off her album (it’s a bonus track), but geniuses are weird. “New Romantics” is where she really indulges all that Eighties synth-pop she warned us about, with a mascara-smudged nod to the New Romantic scene that gave us Duran Duran and Adam Ant. It’s the best song the Pet Shop Boys never wrote.
- Her music videos have become stranger . The “Shake It Off” video was cute, self- deprecating, and fun. “Blank Space”, also humorously self- deprecating, showed Taylor as the lovesick psycho the media once deemed her. The song and video perfectly mocked her reputation, but she did some weird things in that video.
- Swift filmed the beach scenes for the ‘Style” music video in Morocco. Why?? She COULD have filmed them at, oh, Zuma Beach. There was nothing special or Moroccan about the beaches in that video.
- Taylor Swift trademarked her lyrics so she could sue anyone who tried to put her lyric on a t- shirt. Even though she is the richest person in the world.
- She collects supermodels.
I do want to address the fact that Taylor randomly gives money and gifts to fans and visits sick kids in the hospital. At first I thought her actions were kind. Now I think she thinks she’s the Make- A- Wish fairy. If Taylor wants to help people, she should start a charity, and help lots of people. This random money throwing just tells me that Taylor has more money than she knows what to do with.
I understand her motivation for moneygrabbing.. She believes her art, and her music, belong to her, and she alone should profit from them. But at some point, art belongs to the world. Art belongs to the fans. It feels like Taylor Swift doesn’t care about her fans anymore. She could sue a fan for wearing a t- shirt with one of those lyrics on it to one of her concerts. Taylor Swift deserves her success, but I don’t know if she deserves our support.
UPDATE JULY 27 2015:
Taylor Swift placed herself in a Twitter battle with Nicki Minaj over VMA nominations. Because the media is losing it just as much as Taylor, the Internet exploded long after the two civilly apologized. I’m all for a good Twitter battle, but this time, it had nothing to do with Taylor. Nicki posted the following tweets: