You know how when artists like other artists, they’ll cover their songs as a tribute? And how this has been going for as long as there has been music?
Keep that it mind, because this may possibly be one of the dumbest feminist criticisms we’ve ever heard. Ryan Adams, for some reason, really liked Taylor Swift’s “1989” album, so much so that he covered the entire album and just recently released it. A lot of people like it. A lot of people are talking about it.
Taylor Swift herself? She was flattered and excited when she first heard it, like most artists would be.
@TheRyanAdams Cool I'm not gonna be able to sleep tonight or ever again and I'm going to celebrate today every year as a holiday. I'M CALM
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 6, 2015
But of course, if Americans like something, that means feminists have to find something wrong with it…
Of course, now that a man of Adams’ caliber has come along to praise her, critics are starting to pay attention to the deeply poignant lyrics that Swift has consistently been writing since the beginning of her career. Boston Globe critic James Reed wrote that Adams’ cover album “even makes you appreciate Swift’s stealth songwriting.” Wait, what?
Swift doesn’t need a cover album by anyone, not even Adams, to lend her credibility. This is a woman whose songwriting ability has already been recognized by the Songwriters Hall of Fame (of which she will no doubt be a member someday) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, among countless others. If you don’t already recognize Swift as one of pop music’s best songwriters, there’s probably a reason why. People don’t take Swift seriously because she is a young woman with a fondness for cheesy pop beats. People do take Adams seriously because he’s a mid-30s male with a knack for recognizing the good stuff.
We know what you’re thinking. Music critics – most of whom are blatantly and embarrassingly leftist – only like certain artists they deem real and acceptable? Next you’re going to tell me rain is wet and that Hillary Clinton helped cover up rape charges.
And we thought this was the worst feminist criticism we’ve ever seen…