Saturday, 8 August 2015

Why I think Taylor Swift is a Terrible Role Model

This is possibly the weirdest thing I'm ever going to write.

 1.because I have never written anything like this before.
 2. because I would never usually get as involved into celebritity gossip as this.
3. I don't know whether my beauty blog is the place to say it, 
and 4 . I don't know why I felt so strongly about this that I had to write it?!

Anyway, I was listening to Taylor Swifts new album 1989 the other day, and actually realised that she sends out some terrible messages in her songs.
Now don't get me wrong, I love Taylor swift and am guilty of being a big fan of her music, but her latest popularity in the spot light has raised some questions as to if she really is the lovely funny dork she is portrayed as in the media.

Firstly, I have a massive problem with the video "bad blood" and this is where my issue started. Let's get this straight, everyone knows that the video and song is aimed at fellow pop princess and now ex friend Katy Perry, which upsets me as I bloody love Katy Perry too.

 I loved the song "bad blood"and thought it was about a man (probably Harry Styles) when I initially heard it. I would have had it as my song of the week, until I saw the video and realised who it was aimed at. At first I loved the pure stardom of it, and was fan girling my way through the whole thing. Then I watched it again and realised actually how horrible it is.

Taylor swift gets a gang of possibly the most influential women in the public eye, and essentially threatens to start an army against the enemy assumed to be Katy Perry played by Selena Gomez. Taylor Swift is basically saying to Perry in this video "all of these women hate you and are on my side" and if I was Katy Perry, id be bloody gutted that some of the biggest names in the world didn't like me.

I also think this sends a terrible message to some of Swifts younger audiences. She's basically saying it is ok to build a huge girl army and single someone out, but doing it so indirectly that you still keep your innocent image. I'm sure Katy Perry couldn't give a toss, but I honestly think this could be seen as some kind of bullying?! If we took it down to playground levels, and a girl was getting girls on her side to hate one girl, this would definitely be considered a problem.

My next problem with the Perry/Swift debacle is the reason for the said bad blood. It is assumed to have been about backing dancers, however it is common knowledge that they both dated Hollywood man whore john Meyer. This is the classic case of the man getting away with it, as Swift has not made a song aimed at him, despite making a song about any other celebrity she has had a fued with.

My next problem is with a different song on the album called "how you get the girl" an unreleased track. Here are the lyrics that don't sit right with me:

"Remind her how it used to be,

With pictures in frames, of kisses on cheeks,
Tell her how you must've lost your mind
When you left her all alone
And never told her why
And that's how it works
That's how you lost the girl
And now you say

I want you for worse or for better
I would wait for ever and ever
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together
I would wait for ever and ever

And that's how it works, that's how you get the girl"

Swift paints the picture of a relationship where the boy left a poor girl heartbroken and all her cute selfies of them over her room make her want to cry every time she sees them. She then goes on to say that if he shows up and says sorry, he'll get her back, easy "that's how it works, that's how you get the girl"

As nice as this is, I think forgiving someone who I quote "breaks your heart" should not be forgiven so easily, especially when you are ready to publically humiliate a women for "stealing your back up dancers".
 Swift is renowned for having the most awesome A list celebrity friendship group, so you'd think she would promote a "girl power" kind of attitude, and forgive and forget the little things, especially when we are in an age where feminism is on the rise, and girls should stick together

She has recently been involved in a few Twitter fueds too, and if you look back at the tweets, she is usually the one to start trouble. I'm not saying anyone should sit back and take crap from someone, but her need to get so defensive so quickly has often landed her in hot water.

The irony of Swifts argument against Nicki Minaj, is that she thought Nicki was saying something mean about her video which she is up for a VMA award for, and accused Minaj of "pitting women against each other" when she's defending a video WHERE SHE IS PITTING A WOMAN!!!
Thankfully Katy Perry didn't sit back, and retaliated with this

As much as I love the song and video, I hate what the video represents and think it would be a real shame for it to win an award. I'm also shocked that no one else has seen the seriousness behind the video, and are letting it be awarded for its coolness and cosmetic appearance when its obvious bitchiness and sending out the wrong message to her huge young and impressionable fan base.

The VMAs are on the 30th August, and with all Involved are intending plus Miley Cyrus hosting, it is bound to be an interesting show!

Like I said, I don't really know why I wrote this. I've had a lot of spare time and have probably spent too much time on social media and hopefully I won't get hounded by a load of Swifts fans now, but I felt the need to write it down somewhere. Let me know your thoughts!