This is actually all an elaborate ploy to set the stage for Reputation (Taylor's Version).
I’ve been a The 1975 stan since I was a wee baby teen so I’m long accustomed to how much of an absolute dickhead Matty can be and I’ll never make excuses for the stupid/harmful shit he’s said, even if it’s a “bit” but yeah, there are things being taken out of context. Anyone that feels uncomfortable by it isn’t wrong, though. He’s said and done things that counteract a lot of it to where I don’t believe he actually thinks those things, but you can’t expect people to give a fuck if it was performance art or a critique on certain issues when you’ve led the conversation in such a callous way. He’s said things that he absolutely deserves criticism and lashings for. Women shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions of men, sure, but when you date or publicly align yourself with someone, you’re opening yourself up to a side eye and a question on if you share the same views. With how brash Matty can be and how calculated Taylor is, it feels like a powder keg and a match. That’s actually what makes me think this has to be at least someone genuine, because there’s no way someone as neurotic as Taylor would open herself up to this level of criticism for a second time in her career for just a fling. Maybe she feels untouchable this time and she probably is but it’s still wild to see her in the same conversations as him. I don’t see the Ice Spice collab being this cold, calculated move that people on social media are saying it is. As others have pointed out, they met months ago and this has surely been in the works for longer than her and Matty have even been publicly associated with each other. I know Matty apologized to Ice Spice at one of The 1975’s shows and I do hope that it at least reached her, because I know she said she’s a fan. While Matty didn’t say those things about her, he still laughed along, which was fucking gross.
But yeah. A lot of swifties seem to be coming to the realization that they don’t actually know this woman. So many of them appear to be under the impression that they’re one happenstance meeting away from becoming her close friend, and it’s wild to witness the meltdowns. It’s ok to be disappointed in her decisions, it’s ok to stop supporting her if you feel inclined, but you’d think she did something truly heinous with the way some people are reacting. Like…she’s always been like this?? She’s not perfect, she’s probably a bit of an asshole herself! I don’t think she’s a bad person but is she out of touch? Absolutely! I don’t know how she couldn’t be, with the life she lives.