Yesterday I realized that there was a new Taylor Swift controversy that I had yet to have been made aware of. And while it feels like there is new controversy surrounding Tay-Tay every couple of weeks, it doesn’t take a moron to figure out that 99% of them are media-contrived.
However, this new one is so amusing that I couldn’t possibly not talk about it.
As you all remember, Taylor Swift opened up the Grammys last Sunday with an Alice in Wonderland-like performance of her hit single, “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
The song has been kind of overplayed recently, but, traditionally, artists perform the song during the Grammys that they are nominated for. I’m sure she would have loved to sing something else, but this was the song that was nominated, and she sang it. No big deal.
The song, hailed as a “breakup jam” for obvious reasons, brought about mass media speculation of its target, which was concluded to be Jake Gyllenhaal, one of Taylor’s ex-beaus. However, since Jake, she has had other ex-beaus.
Which brings me to this new controversy.
During the “talking part” of the song, where Taylor responds to the begging of her ex-boyfriend to take her back, she allegedly — and again, this is pure speculation on the media — spoke that part in a British accent. The reason? As a means of payback towards her latest ex, Harry Styles, of the British boy band One Direction.
Before I delve any further, why don’t you see for yourself (skip to 2:05).
Obviously it is hysterical that this is even being discussed to begin with. But let’s get past that.
I think it’s way to inconclusive to determine if she was in fact speaking in an accent. I mean, if she was, then it was a pretty terrible English accent. In my expert opinion — and I do study linguistics in my spare time — I think Taylor was just trying to sound playful and goofy. I don’t think there was any other ulterior motive. But we’ll never know.
The point is, all of these shenanigans and “controversies” have led to a bigger issue — Has Taylor Swift worn out her welcome? Or rather, has she become, dare I say it — annoying?
I’ve seen a lot of different blog posts, Tweets and other articles labeling Taylor as “immature.”
The thing that one has to appreciate about Taylor is that she sings about the things that she knows. She’s in her early-20s, and thus, is it really that immature for her to be singing about boy troubles? Do we not all know girls in their early 20s — or older — who post ad nauseam on Facebook about the very same thing?
I mean, just take a look at the comments section of the link I posted — it’s filled with haters. Some of them even went as far as saying that Taylor Swift does not have a good singing voice, which I think is absurd.
You do not need to have a booming voice like Adele to be a good singer. Sure, in the vocal power scale, Taylor is limited. No question. But as far as vocal range in tone and melody, I think there are extremely few singers in the business today that could match her in that regard. Not to mention that she is extremely consistent, and sounds as good live as she does recorded.
That being said, I do think it would behoove Taylor a little bit to take a step back, and maybe try to write and record some songs that are a little more ambiguous. Some of her most recent songs are just a little too obvious that they are revenge songs.
But again, she really has no control over what songs become extremely popular. If “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is going to reach #1 on the Billboard charts, then why the hell shouldn’t she sing it at the Grammys?
Taylor has 24 million Twitter followers, and her most recent album, Red, has already gone platinum four times. So to me, that clearly shows that she is still highly respected and appreciated for her artistry.
So I don’t really think of her as immature. I just think of her as a 23-year-old. Her target demographic is girls in the age range of 12-22, and I think it’s safe to say that they still adore her. All the haters in their late-20s are just envious.
Plus, anybody who thinks she lacks maturity clearly didn’t see her performance of “Ronan,” the song she wrote about a 4-year-old boy who died of cancer:
She wrote this song after she learned about the boy’s death through his mother’s blog, then contacted the mother stating her intentions of dedicating a song to her late son. After debuting the song during NBC’s Stand up to Cancer telethon, she put it on iTunes, and all proceeds went to cancer research.
Plus she didn’t even put the track on her latest album, because she didn’t want to profit off of it commercially. So I don’t really see how somebody who does that can be labeled as immature.
To wrap this up, I think Taylor should probably consider returning back to her fun, poppy songs like “You Belong With Me” and take a little hiatus from break-up songs, just to silence the haters. And maybe she should also stop dating for a few months.
But to act like she’s not a refreshing musical talent and a good role model — in today’s era of awful female celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian, no less — is nonsense.
Taylor, just keep doing your thing, girl.
I got your back.