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On August 13 of last year, Taylor Swift released the smash lead single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” from her new album, Red. This gave her a huge boost in media attention as gossip outlets start their usual task of trying discover which ex of Swift’s the song was written about.

While media attention gives the artist some needed exposure (it’s not like she needed even more exposure), the backlash it brings with it can have major impact on the artist’s reputation.

Let’s have a look at the key Swift news in the past five months and the media’s reaction to that news.

Release of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

“Taylor Swift goes full-on pop eveybody! Surprise!” That was most of the headlines said. . Some critics call it “immature”, others call it “pop genius”, Twitter is divided, some fans say they can’t take it anymore, others start “bandwagoning”; A general mess. Her performance at the VMAs gets called the final nail in her country reputation and it flops on country radio, and smashes everywhere else (Wait till they see her American Music Awards performance *falls down laughing*).

Kennedy: Dumped. Styles: Bring it on!

Ooops. News hits the Net in October that Swift broke up with Connor Kennedy whom she started dating in May. “Can’t she just keep a boyfriend?” “How about she writes a song called ‘Maybe I’m The Problem?’” “TS is sitting in her bedroom now, writing the Kennedy song, laughing at how many dollars she’s getting for it”. Those were the general responses to the news. Fans from every fandom come to have a laugh at us, TS fans. OK, WAIT! TS is in London rehearsing to perform on the X Factor. Mario Lopez: “T-Swizzle and Harry Styles are dating”. OH NO! *screams, hits a wall, jumps out the window, dies*
That’s what happened to every Directioner on the planet.

The Twitter War

And now the battle between Swifties and Directioners starts. Swifties defend their idol saying that it’s normal for girls in their early twenties to date a lot while Directioners get at her saying that “she stole their Harry” (like they were gonna end up married and having blue-eyed kids. PUH-LEASSE) and that she was gonna write a song about him. Directioners start threatening to self-immulate if she doesn’t leave him while Swifties commend TayTay on finding solutions to solve the over-population problem. A mess, once again.

‘Red’ Released, Careers Outsold

The media starts to focus once more on Swift’s career (the important stuff), now that the October 22 album release date is getting close. The music industry sources are sure that Red is going to do more damage than her previous album, Speak Now. And it does! Red is released to stores with 2 copies getting sold every second and ends up selling 1.2 million copies in its first week without any significant discounts, and ,certainly, without a *coughs* 99-cent-PLEASE-BUY-MY-ALBUM-Amazon-deal *coughs*. The album breaks too many records to count and stays 7 weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart. Fans of other artists resign and admit that she’s the Queen of the US and that their faves could never.

Styles: Dumped. Kennedy: HAHAHAHA!!!

After a two months relationship, the much-anticipated (by both sides) break-up happens and the backlash gets a thousand notches up. Swifties: “She’s better off”. Directioners: “How dare her break little Harry’s heart! Harry, we’re always here for you!”. Ew. Moving on to the gazillion media break up reports, the usual Twitter dragging, etc., the Golden Globes are nearing…

TayTay loses to Adele, Tina Fey doesn’t know how to keep her mouth shut.

“Safe and Sound” by T-Swizzle featuring The Civil Wars from The Hunger Games was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, going against “Skyfall” by Adele from Skyfall (wow!). Adele wins, as expected, and here’s Taylor Swift’s reaction:

I couldn’t help laughing. The gif goes viral, Twitter makes fun of her, her fans get pressed, have meltdowns, get banned from pop culture-discussing sites. Great. But to make matters worse: Tina Fey drops another joke about Swift’s dating life and how she should stay away from Micheal J. Fox’s son. Ugh. More media outlets criticizing her personal life (as if it’s their business), Micheal J. Fox said that Tay should back off (she didn’t even make advances!) and “Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career.” Swifties explode on social-networking websites, he calls to apologize. All’s well.

Conclusion: Taylor Swift is a music artist. Leave her to deal with her personal life alone and appreciate that she does nothing, in public at least, that presents her a bad role model for children (See: today’s pop starts for further info).

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  • Elphaba Thropp

    This is one of the best articles ever.

  • Ian Miller

    This article pretty much covers it…personally, I do my best to not follow her personal life or relationships and just appreciate her wonderful music :) I feel like it sort of ruins the songs if you follow her relationship life…ugh.

  • BlueBronze

    If Skyfall hadn’t been so brilliant, I would have wanted Taylor to win. It’s the first award I feel she would have truly deserved in the last few years.

  • Gilda

    ummmmmmmmm i disagree about the conclusion of this article; her constant slut-shaming and internalised sexism (all of her songs are about how she needs a man and oh no one’s gone so she has to write even more about that situation) hardly produce a healthy role model for girls.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

      Slut-shaming? You clearly know so little of her discography. She slut-shamed once, ok? It’s a song called Better Than Revenge from her third album Speak Now. And that’s it.

      How she always needs a man? Recent quote from Vibe magazine interview:

      ““Independence is something I’ve always needed, from when I was young,” she explains, adding, “but I love the idea of romance and falling in love. I’ve never really had a long relationship. So that’s something I think about for the future. It’s an interesting part of my personality: Part of me just wants to be alone.””

      And I don’t see what’s wrong with her writing about the relationship. She doesn’t namedrop people. It’s just that the media follow her relationships so closely that they know who she’s talking about. And they can write about her if they want. As she put it once, she gets the right to the memory. He gets it too. He didn’t use it? Nothing stopped him.

    • Yoggy

      Actually your comment on her music only exposed one thing: You have only listened to few of her songs. And you didn’t really dig the meanings of those songs, because you’re taking it face value. Open for a civilised debate.

    • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

      First of all, the people who hate on her are the ones doing most of the slut shaming. Two wrongs don’t make a right. I constantly see people calling Taylor a slut, saying that she dates too many guys. Second of all, that is NOT what all of her songs are about. Here’s a list of songs that aren’t Taylor complaining about an ex-boyfriend:

      The Outside: not fitting in, being on the outside looking in

      Tied Together With A Smile: her friend who had bulimia

      Mary’s Song: her neighbors, a couple that lived next-door

      Our Song: a couple doesn’t have a song of their own, so the events in their lives become their song

      I’m Only Me When I’m With You: being yourself around people, can apply to friends and family

      Fearless: her dream first date

      Breathe: losing a friend, a difficult goodbye

      The Best Day: her childhood and parents

      Change: being on a small record label in a huge music industry, and having to work harder to achieve big things

      Today Was A Fairytale: a perfect day, self-explanatory

      Back to December: an apology song to Taylor Lautner, she blames herself for ending that relationship

      Speak Now: inspired by a wedding she went to with Hayley Williams from Paramore, where Hayley watched her ex-boyfriend Josh Farro get married

      Mean: the critic Bob Lefsetz, bullies

      Never Grow Up: not wanting to grow up so fast

      Enchanted: meeting Adam Young (aka Owl City)

      Innocent: forgiving Kanye West for interrupting her at the VMAs, how you’re still a good person even if you make mistakes

      Long Live: her band and crew and everything they’ve been through

      Safe & Sound and Eyes Open: on The Hunger Games soundtrack

      Ronan: Ronan Thompson, a little boy who died from cancer

      22: having fun with her friends, written for Ashley Avignone, Dianna Agron, Claire Kislinger, and Selena Gomez

      The Lucky One: a performer who walks away from stardom

      Starlight: based on a photograph of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy as 17-year-olds in 1945

      Girl At Home: telling a guy not to hit on her, she’s not going to hook up with a guy who’s cheating on his girlfriend

    • SwifTionHayOwlVatic

      Have you ever even heard her music beyond the 5 they play on the radio??? For one, every artist on the planet writes about love. Two, half of her songs are not even about love, from her first album, A Place In This World, The Outside, Tied Together With A Smile, I’m Only Me When I’m With You, from her second album Fearless, Fifteen, Breathe, The Best Day, Change, from her third album Speak Now, Mean, Never Grow Up, Innocent, Long Live, from her new album Red, 22, The Lucky One. And not to mention, Some of her love songs are written about stories of people she knows like, Mary’s Song (oh my my my), Speak Now, Starlight. And then there are songs that are not on her main albums that are not about love. Eyes Open and Safe and Sound are for the Hunger Games movie! And Ronan is for a little boy who died of cancer, Crazier was written for a Disney movie, Both of Us was a duet with B.o,B, and then there are her Christmas songs, four she sang covers of (Last Christmas, Santa Baby, Silent Night and White Christmas) and two she wrote herself, Christmas When You Were Mine and Christmas Must Be Something More. And then there are her crush songs, songs about crushes, not a man shes dating or has dated. From her first album, Teardrops On My Guitar Invisible and Stay Beautiful. From her second album Fearless, Hey Stephen Untouchable, and You Belong With Me. From her third album Speak Now, Sparks Fly, Superman and Enchanted. From her fourth album, Red, Begin Again, Come Back…Be Here, and Everything Has Changed. And then her songs that are daydreams about love that are NOT written about ANYONE. Love Story and Stay Stay Stay. And then there are her actual love songs written about people. Tim McGraw, Our Song, Fearless, Jump Then Fall, Mine, Ours. And then there are her mixed emotion songs, songs that say I love you but I hate you, I miss you but I can’t stand you: The Way I Loved You, The Other Side of The Door, Come In With The Rain, State of Grace, Red, I Almost Do. And then there are songs that are break up songs, where the guy left her, or she was cheated on and was broken or knew it was all falling apart. A Perfectly Good Heart, Cold As You, Haunted, Last Kiss, Girl At Home, The Moment I Knew, Sad Beautiful Tragic, All Too Well, If This Was A Movie, Forever and Always, and You’re Not Sorry. And then there are her ACTUAL break up songs, where she’s saying It’s over or she’s saying I’m done with your crap. White Horse, Tell Me Why, I Knew You Were Trouble, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, The Story of Us, Dear John, Picture To Burn and Should’ve Said No. And then there are her other songs, songs that each have a different message, Back To December is saying sorry, Holy Ground is saying it was good overall, Treacherous is saying I’m sure this will all go wrong, but I want to stay and hope it won’t. Better Than Revenge is about a guy who said his new girlfriend is much better, so she wrote that song to the girl. So what I’m saying? Do your research before you trash someone.

  • Teranel

    While I don’t think any of her songs are particularly deep, I do have to agree that she’s a much better role model for young girls than just about every other female pop star out there and I have to respect her for that.
    Also, while I have listened to “Safe and Sound” on repeat like a hundred times, I don’t think she (or anyone else in music anywhere) can beat Adele.

    • https://twitter.com/GreatSkies29 Hermione Granger

      Also… everyone’s personal preferences are different. I personally don’t know how you quantify “deepness”–but I’d probably have to say her lyrics are a hell of a lot deeper than Nicki Minaj or Kesha… or 95% of songs on radio.

      The thing about Taylor that gets to me (in a good way) is how her songs are so relatable They’re not always the most eloquent, polished, unique sounding pieces but her lyrics come from somewhere personal and she has a way of expressing complex and specific emotions in a very simple way.

      Everyone has different things in music that appeal to them–vocal timbre, genre, lyric style… so we can’t assume that our opinions about music are universal truths. She might not have the best voice or the most creative music but she’s the most raw and honest storyteller out there. And that’s huge.

  • https://twitter.com/GreatSkies29 Hermione Granger

    THANK YOU. I’ve been waiting for someone to write an article about this haha.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

      You’re always welcome. It’s just an opinion that I wanted to share.

  • Kayla

    In fairness, she created an entire career based off her personal life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

      So? At least she based her career on something real, something relatable. Nothing’s wrong with that.

  • Phoenix07

    Loved this!

    People who say that she only writes songs about her exes and failed relationships truly have never listened to any of her songs beyond what gets played in the radio (which is a shame because I personally think that a lot of the songs that don’t get played are her best ones).

    But more than anything, I hate that she gets labeled a “slut”and a whole other bunch of demeaning terms for dating different guys (which is none of our business anyway)…..I can almost guarantee that if she were a guy, she wouldn’t be receiving such a treatment or this wouldn’t be made out to be such a big deal.

    John Meyer dates (and dumps girls) like crazy and while yes, he is known for breaking hearts and sometimes being horrible about the things he says to the press about the girls he’s dated, he doesn’t get nearly as much heat from the public as TSwift does for her dating ways.

    The worst thing is that I feel like most of that “slut”calling comes from girls themselves. Way to support each other, gals!

    • PotterFan1029

      I think males are able to get away with more of that in the media; if males date a lot of women, they are “cool players”, if girls date a lot of men, they are often called “whores”

  • Anna

    Thank you for this.

    Also, can I just add that not all of her songs are breakup songs or about guys that she’s dated. She writes about situations that inspire her, people around her, characters in her head. It’s. Not. Always. About. A. Guy. She’s. Dated. Most people who criticize her music clearly haven’t heard her entire albums, and would solely judge her based on the singles she releases.

    It’s a bit funny how people claim she’s a “slut-shamer” when they call her out on her previous relationships. Bit double standard that one.

    And honestly, who cares if she writes about her relationships? If you should know, her songs about her relationships aren’t all “you suck, you broke my heart”. They tell stories. Different stories about different relationships, different situations in different stages in a relationship. She makes a song the way she wants to tell these stories. You know what, it is actually rare to find that in an artist these days.

    She doesn’t make this a big deal too either. It’s always the media. The media is obsessed in finding out her “exboyfriend” behind all the songs she writes. It is beyond ridiculous. Her songs are not always about her ex boyfriends. I repeat: her songs are not always about her exboyfriends.

    Last, she gets criticized a lot because her music isn’t ‘country’ enough anymore. But she is an artist. And as an artist, you grow, you develop, you explore your own limitations and won’t keep doing the same thing. But she’s still Taylor doing her own thing.

    I wholeheartedly agree with your conclusion. She does nothing that presents her a bad role model for children. Taylor (tells a story) writes a song about a young boy who died from cancer, has done a lot of charity work, is still extremely down to earth despite her successes. She is still the very same quirky, whimsical Taylor we all loved in curly hair, sparkly dress and cowboy boots.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

      You’re welcome :)

    • https://twitter.com/GreatSkies29 Hermione Granger

      Omg. Can I love this 1000 times? I think you hit the nail on the head right there.

    • Ngoc

      Finally someone who understands :’) I feel like so many people jump on the ‘I hate Taylor’ bandwagon without giving her a chance. And I feel like since the media can’t hate on her for any other aspect of her life (since she doesn’t do drugs, etc.), they feel like they have to criticise her love life. She’s 23, for god’s sake – how many of us can say we were pros at love at 23?

  • http://twitter.com/leslie_lorene Lorene Leslie

    I love Taylor and I agree with this article. Time to leave Taylor alone people and get yourself a life. Sit back and enjoy the music !!!

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen

    This was so BRILLIANTLY written! Congrats!
    TS fan all the way.

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Liam I exist

    She looks SO creepy in the gif. I’m scared to go to sleep now, she’s gonna kill me!

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Liam I exist

    Hahaha

  • Ngoc

    I totally and wholeheartedly disagree with people who say that she should write a song titled ‘Maybe I’m the Problem’. It’s not as if she writes songs blaming her exes (although there are a couple,) she writes songs about love. And love, like everything else in life, has its ups and downs. She’s just presenting both sides of the story.

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