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).

This week Emma Stone hosted SNL with musical guest Shawn Mendes. Check out some of the highlights from the episode!

‘SNL’ Cold Open

The show poked fun at Donald Trump’s social media activity including his retweeting of teenagers. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway. Interestingly, Donald Trump tweeted about SNL while this sketch was airing.

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This week Emma Stone hosted SNL with musical guest Shawn Mendes. Check out some of the highlights from the episode!

‘SNL’ Cold Open

The show poked fun at Donald Trump’s social media activity including his retweeting of teenagers. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway. Interestingly, Donald Trump tweeted about SNL while this sketch was airing.

Opening Monologue

In the opening monologue, Emma Stone reminisced about her previous appearances as host. It all led up to an awkward rendezvous with Bobby Moynihan.

The Hunt For Hil

In a digital sketch, the show spoofed the Hillary Clinton sightings happening in her hometown in upstate New York. Check out The Hunt for Hil.

Jennifer Aniston meets Vanessa Bayer’s Rachel from ‘Friends’

Jennifer Aniston stopped by Weekend Update during Vanessa Bayer’s incredible Rachel impression. Aniston and Bayer star in the new movie “Office Christmas Party.” Check out the cameo below!

Debette Goldry

Kate McKinnon reprised her character Debette Goldry — a golden age actress who had to do crazy things to get the roles she wanted.

Shawn Mendes performs on ‘SNL’

Shawn Mendes performed two songs on the show as well. Check out his performances of “Treat You Better” and “Mercy.”

Coming Up on ‘SNL’

Next week John Cena will host SNL with musical guest Maren Morris. On December 17 Casey Affleck will host along with musical guest Chance the Rapper.

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The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! If this trailer is anything to go by, the movie will be just as good as the first!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a major hit because of its offbeat characters, and own brand of humor not yet seen in Marvel movies. Fans have anxiously been waiting to see if the sequel would live up to the hype of the first film. The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives us a glimpse at what’s to come, and we’re loving it!

Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:

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The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! If this trailer is anything to go by, the movie will be just as good as the first!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a major hit because of its offbeat characters, and own brand of humor not yet seen in Marvel movies. Fans have anxiously been waiting to see if the sequel would live up to the hype of the first film. The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives us a glimpse at what’s to come, and we’re loving it!

Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:

Most notable in the trailer is baby Groot! He was well-loved in the first film and many wondered how involved he would become in the second film, given that he had been reborn after saving his friends. It appears that baby Groot will be just as involved in the action as before, and is causing trouble of his own! It should be fun seeing if Rocket can keep up with his friend as he grows.

Also touched upon in the trailer is Star-Lord’s feelings for Gamora. Somehow his friends are surprised by this news, and Drax even thinks it’s hilarious when the secret is made public. This whole scene makes us even more anxious to see this group together again. Only a couple more months to go! May 2017, can you please hurry up?

The official synopsis for the film teases:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

What do you think of the first teaser trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’?

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?