Hey all. I'm going to try and keep it as short (for me ddd), but I just want to make it abundantly clear where I stand on this issue, because this whole situation has been bothering me since yesterday.
I adore Taylor Swift. I find her to be a fascinating human, an insanely smart business woman, and one of the best songwriters in popular music today. She's an absolute gift, and one of my favorite artists. I also adore y'all. Every celebrity has toxic and dangerous stans, and Taylor seems to have more than most, but that's not the people here at all. The Swifties on PopJustice stan hard, but in the way that we all stan artists or else we wouldn't be here.
With all that said, I something think that there is this impenetrable force around Taylor that doesn't allow for any sort of criticism or critical discussion around her. I get that Taylor has been the brunt of a lot of media scrutiny for every reason under the sun throughout her career. I get that fans have often felt the need to defend her against her detractors, of which there are many. But none of this takes away from the fact that Taylor herself is a human and not without her faults.
Taylor was alerted to a joke on a television show. She found the joke to be misogynistic, sexist, and tired. We can all debate about the severity of the joke based on our own personal threshold or experience until the cows come home, but the fact is, she didn't appreciate the joke and it upset her enough to speak on it. That's all well and good. She is well within her right to be upset and to address it. No one is saying she isn't. I actually shouldn't speak for everyone, but I'll say, I'm certainly not saying that. Hell, I'm usually with y'all on the front lines of saying "Men need to stay out of women's business" or "Stop telling women how to react in 2021." But I think that's a bit of a simplistic take of what's been happening here.
Taylor did not get to where she is by being naive, and I just think Taylor should have known better as to what the result of her Tweet would be. Taylor has more power than most. She could amass a literal army if she wanted to. She wasn't aware of the joke until her fans brought it to her attention, so she already knew they were on the warpath. And the way she addressed it only fanned the flames of her toxic fandom, of which she knows their behavior.
And now we've seen a mix raced actress who is new to the scene get harassed on social media by a legion of fans over a line of dialogue for a fictional character of which she didn't write. We've seen Black people go to a Netflix Tweet celebrating the posthumous award win of Chadwick Boseman see a string of "RESPET TAYLOR SWIFT" tweets, followed by a lot of "Delete this bestie, not here" tweets from other Swifties trying to cover up the fandom's bad behavior. (She's already the poster girl for "White feminism" from those don't like her, and this certainly doesn't help her cause.) None of these things are okay. I'm not implying that you all think it's okay. But this type of behavior is potentially dangerous, and Taylor inadvertently encouraged it with that tweet.
I don't think Taylor woke up and decided to Tweet that and thought, "I can't wait until my fans demolish this new actress, it's what she deserves." I don't think she thought at all, and in her position and power, she kind of has to. We all know that Taylor has an extremely kind, generous, and thoughtful heart. If and when she does realize that her Tweet is causing this type of reaction and behavior, you know she's going to be feel awfully about it.
If the whole point in all of this is that words hurt, words mean something, and words have consequences, Taylor has to remember that hers do too. And whether it's her job to monitor and curb her fandom's more insidious impulses or not, she's the only one that can, and she kind of exacerbated it this time.
Anyway, I'm going to step away from the convo now. I'm MeredithMarks-Disengaging.Gif. I still love Taylor and I love and respect all of you. And I totally respect her right to be upset about a bad joke made at her expense. I just wish she handled this differently.
And at least I love Style.