Why you need to get over this Taylor Swift-Kanye West Bulls**t
The VMAs saw the Taylor Swift, Kanye West feud reappear in the press after Kanye posted a photo of a t-shirt with both the cover of his new album and Swift's 1989 to Twitter with the caption "unity love", then made a confusing statement the night of the awards that continued the theme of love and what's really important in life. On that note, we thought we'd share some of our thoughts on the feud and people's reactions to Swift's image.
Note: I am not a T-Swift fan. I don’t particularly care for her one way or another and living in Panama allows me to stay relatively clueless about celebrity gossip. But this is just ridiculous.
Savvy business woman, deceitful celebrity, not what she seems. After years of Taylor Swift's reign as lovable goody two shoes, it is amazing the number of names and shameful accusations that one girl can receive. In an industry built on image and public relations schemes, how is it that people are offended by simple business strategies and genuinely harmless (and potentially honourable) actions of a young, popular celebrity?
You feel robbed, lied to, manipulated? Seriously? Let’s be serious. If any of Taylor, or other celebrity’s adoring public have been naive enough to believe that their beloved idol is 100 per cent themselves, 100 per cent of the time, get real. Not unlike your everyday citizen, celebrities must adapt and told to social situations. If you went to your office party and did tequila shots the same way you do when you are on your yearly holiday in Cancun, I am pretty sure your image might be scarred. But these people are not your average citizens. It is their job to build a reputation, to foster a loyal following and to represent themselves in a way that is attractive and appealing to their fans. Taylor Swift is no different, except that rather than display herself as a money hungry wannabe, a slutty half naked twerker or a total diva, she displayed herself as a kindhearted, giving individual. How dare she?!
In a world riddled with some of the worst possible female role models, I am amazed that people are offended by what Taylor Swift is putting out. I am even more amazed that people were stupid enough to think that her self representation was always 100% accurate and I am completely flabbergasted that people are offended or hurt by the fact that she is a real, live human being with a wide variety of emotions, actions, decisions and she can actually be a savvy bitch sometimes - gasp! Did you also think she was a virgin?
So what do we do when she doesn’t fit our mould? We tear her down. We do exactly what would have been expected of us. We make a conscious choice to hate, harm and hurt a person because who she is, isn’t exactly what we wanted. Is that not simply further perpetuating the expectation of developing the “perfect celebrity”?
So, the question I have is why do we care so much. Aside from the fact that there are about a billion better things for me to be writing about or thinking about, there are also a lot of significantly more shameful celebrities we could be talking about. Instead, we rip on the person who has been positively representing the role of a celebrity. A person who acts as an example of good deeds, of positive action and messaging. Regardless of what you think of her actions or if you genuinely believe that it was all “for show” the young girls who received special hand-picked packages, the brides who met Taylor at their wedding, or the sick kids who got a chance to go to her concert, all experienced something meaningful. The best part? Everyone who heard about it, grew a little bit of faith.
So the next time you decide that developing an image of “do gooder” is a bad thing, compare the actions of someone like Taylor Swift to those of the other socialites and celebs in the world. Who comes out on top?