I get that a lot of you Crowderheads probably aren’t Taylor Swift fans. I mean, I am, and may or may not be blasting her new album while I write this, but that’s not the issue here. The issue is the trend on the left; how they think the entertainment industry exists solely to justify their political opinions (see Liberal Blasts Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix Special for Not Being Woke Enough and Dave Chappelle Returns. Leftists Whine About ‘Offensive’ Jokes. Prove Why Everyone Hates Them). Their latest target? Taylor. Ready the squawk cannons!
Social media has been lousy with think pieces (usually minus the “think”) about how problematic it is for Swift to keep her political opinions to her self, trying to shame her into publicly saying how big of a stupid head Trump is. Like this Buzzfeed piece, which was all that, while also seeming to be bothered over… how white the pop star is.
Move over a little from there and you’ll find Swift’s image itself — willowy, blonde, and aggressively white. Perhaps, in an awkward corner close by, are the white supremacist fans who’ve claimed her as a figurehead.
But it was too late: Swift had already linked herself to an ever-growing conversation about the damage racism can do — especially when that damage presents itself as white innocence and/or oblivion.
But through the lens of a culture, especially a popular culture that involves progressives actively battling white supremacy, Swift is intrinsically linked to whiteness and privilege. And in 2017, she is still absenting herself from the cultural conversation while simultaneously trying to center herself in it.
Two things here. One, this jive about how Taylor’s, “way of doing things [is] not keeping up with the mounting pressures of a culture whose priorities have shifted?” Most people just want to listen to music and be entertained. It’s only leftists so desperate for approval they demand every celebrity justify their worldview by repeating it back to them. That doesn’t represent “the culture.” That only represents bitter leftists in Park Slope and San Francisco.
Also, Taylor Swift should be the poster child for actual feminism. She’s a one woman show, very business savvy and successful. You’d think she would be a leftist hero as a woman who made it on her own and essentially has her own empire. But that’s not enough because she keeps her politics to herself, and is apparently too white for some people.
Never appease the left, it’s never enough.