My whole body cringed as I watched Taylor Swift, resident COOL girl and pop (?) / country (debatable) singer, make a fool of herself on stage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013. I think it may have been the first time in musical history that someone copied Katy Perry.
Not only was that entire performance awkward and bothersome, but her attempting to mock ex-boyfriend and British heartthrob, Harry Styles, was perhaps the dumbest thing that happened on Sunday; that includes Chris Brown refusing to join in the standing ovation for the man he recently beat up and Kelly Clarkson drunkenly babbling, while accepting her award.
This is just another notch in the extremely long belt of stupid things Swift has done lately. When she released her latest album, "Red," she alienated half her fan base who loved her past country songs. "This is so bad. I can't listen to this," a close friend of mine and avid country music consumer said when she first heard "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
"Red" completely destroyed first week expectations though, so who cares that Swift is losing her loyal country fans by dozens? I'll tell you why. Fan loyalty can get an artist through almost anything. Fan loyalty kept Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" afloat when the general public turned their backs on her. Fan loyalty has kept Chris Brown relevant against insane odds. Fan loyalty keeps Madonna reigning as the Tour Queen after all these years. Fan loyalty means a lot more than album sales and awards because the fans are the ones who keep you around, especially in this digital age we live in, where in the blink of an eye anyone can become famous.
I have never been able to stomach Swift, but that was mostly because I don't like country music. But this recent rash of odd behavior has made me even more incredulous about her. I won't even comment on her many, many boyfriends, because if Hugh can do it, why can't she? However, her juvenile way of handling break-ups by blatantly calling out her ex's in songs has set females back about 75 years.
This is why we can't have nice things, Taylor. You perpetuate a stereotype of the bitter ex-girlfriend with songs equivalent of keying your ex-boyfriend's car. It's time to grow up. Mocking your 19 year-old ex on national television and you're MY age (23) is insane and repulsive as hell.
Taylor Swift, you are creepy. Why do we put up with this weird behavior, America? Is it because she's cute and blonde? Is it because she's a superstar of gargantuan proportions? I need to understand because I've been racking my brain trying to figure it out. We demonized Britney Spears for breaking down publicly. We shake our fists at Rihanna's life choices. We call out Jennifer Lawrence for quoting a movie, when we're clearly in the wrong for not having seen one of the greatest movies of all time.
The conclusion is that the world is full of hypocrisy and I will continue to rail against that until I get what I want: the complete and total exile of Taylor Swift.