It took one very public award show interruption for Taylor Swift to become America’s sweetheart.
A newcomer to the industry, Taylor’s innocent demeanor, dressed-down appearance and emotionally raw music won her a cult of followers. She quickly rose to become among the most popular artists in the industry, with the capability of selling out any stadium in the world.
But it’s been six years since Kanye West disrupted 19-year-old Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, and what we see today is a very different version of the former country star turned pop sensation.
In 2012, Taylor performed the song “Mean” at the 54th Grammys Awards in a wardrobe that could only be described as a heap of rags that maybe could double as window curtains. The attire personified her modest disposition and the song tapped perfectly into her voice’s country twang.
That Taylor is no longer anywhere to be found. In 2015, she looks every bit the pop star diva.
And it’s not a fault against her. People change. They evolve as they age. She’s 25 now, and she has every right to dress and act how she wants. And by all accounts she’s still a great role model for young girls.
But it does appear that public opinion of her is taking a turn. This started to become evident after she incited a mini online feud with Nicki Minaj last month, in which Taylor misunderstood and responded to a tweet by Minaj, thinking she was being called out.
This week, she has her Scottish boyfriend (and alleged electronic musician) Calvin Harris fighting her battles for her after she decided to take all of her music off of Spotify.
Those who follow Taylor on Instagram — which, at this point, I’m not even going to pretend I don’t — will notice that she’s often parading about with dozens of other female celebrity musicians, actresses and supermodels, like some sort of exclusive cool club. Or a female Frat Pack.
And that’s really all she’s guilty of. If anything — she’s annoying people. Rubbing them the wrong way, if you will. There’s no crimes here.
But I think what’s really forced the tide to turn on her popularity is the complete transformation she’s made since she first became famous. The sweet country girl from humble beginnings embraced her celebrity, jazzed up her style, has become somewhat confrontational, and is only friends with the coolest of the cool.
Taylor, once you get over this dating-the-bad-boy-Scottish-DJ phase, call me. I have an out-of-tune banjo sitting in my closet that my cat could play better music with than him.
Plus, I brush my teeth twice a day. I say “Bless you” to people who sneeze within five feet of me. One time, I thought about making a donation to charity.
One week with me and your reputation will soar.
Even if your pride plummets.
Think about it.