A few days ago, an article from Cosmopolitan emerged entitled “Taylor Swift Fights the Media In Ready for It Music Video.” The article basically stated that the media was responsible for the reputation of Taylor Swift, which is if you’re not familiar, a boy crazy snake who constantly goes through relationships. She is the reason why there are so many feuds — as the singer has beefed with singers Kanye West and Katy Perry, as well as wife Kim Kardashian West.
Taylor Swift’s attack on the media began when she released the music video for. . . Ready for It?, the second single off her album Reputation, which will be released this Friday.
When I first listened to the song, I assumed it was about her relationship with her boyfriend. But, after watching the music video, I was wrong as the video was about her relationship with the media.
And, that makes sense. Her album is called Reputation. And the album’s leading single, Look What You Made Me Do is about her blaming others for her actions. So, it comes as no surprise that Swift is pointing fingers for her destroyed reputation at the media. After all, she has to direct blame to anyone who isn’t her.
After this article came out, I logged into Twitter and saw several tweets from Swifities taking Taylor’s side against the media.
And, while I understand that having bad press about you plain ol’ sucks, I must ask this: is this war even necessary? Honestly, having a full fledged war with the media is something that I think is a little extreme. But, that’s just one girl’s opinion.
As a journalist myself, I can say that she should be the one bearing the responsibility of her reputation — not the media. She was the one performing the actions that got the headlines — which then generated this reputation. The media is simply doing their job by reporting on what’s going on. Sure, there are some journalists out there that often don’t perform their job ethically. Sure, there are some journalists out there who report with bias. However, the media shouldn’t be blamed for simply reporting for what is going on.
Therefore, I am going to have to say that Taylor Swift is responsible for her reputation. Not the media. If she wanted to have a good one, then she wouldn’t be doing the things she’s doing. Plain and simple.
However, let me point this out — the media hasn’t always painted Taylor Swift in a negative light. For instance, I remember when 1989 first came out that the singer donated a lot of money to fans. She also stopped by the North Haven Starbucks back in 2014 and took pictures with fans. And, the media was in her corner when she went through her sexual assault trial a few months back. And, let’s not forget, 1989 topped several year end lists back in 2014. But, sometimes, we often forget the good, now don’t we? And, now that the media has reported Swift as being the victim, she’s quick to point fingers and portray them as bad.
With that being said, I will say this. Swift isn’t the only one to have bad press. The world of celebrity journalism is a bit different than other types of writing. For several years, paparazzi have constantly followed celebrities around town, following their every move for a chance to publish something that sells magazines. This is true with many celebrities, including Princess Diana, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, the Kardashians and Britney Spears. After all, does anyone remember Lindsay Lohan’s underrated 2004 hit Rumors? It was about her relationship with the paparazzi!
Now, I will be honest. This may come out as me hating Taylor Swift. And, that’s not true. Up until recently, I actually really liked her music. 1989 is one of my favorite albums. Love Story was my jam back in freshman year. And I loved the album Red. But, I’m going to call a spade a spade here. Taylor proclaimed in Look What You Made Me Do that the old Taylor was dead. And, honestly, I’m wondering if I like this new Taylor if she’s pointing fingers left and right. Those fingers, I might add, should be pointed right back at her.
Therefore, Taylor as much as I loved your previous efforts, I’m going to have to say this: don’t blame the media for your reputation. Honey, blame yourself.