Taylor Swift seems to be particularly divisive these days and I don’t really understand why. She hasn’t changed that much over the past year or so. If anything, that’s one of my biggest criticisms of Swifty – she’s still pulling the same old “OMIGOSH, WHO ME?” shtick. Maybe more people are getting wiser to her shenanigans, or maybe it’s just become increasingly obvious that Taylor’s entire public persona is super-controlled and mostly false. Anyway, Tay-Tay covers the March issue of Elle Magazine and the interview excerpts had me rolling my eyes. I think Swifty is attempting a re-boot after the somewhat disastrous mini-relationships with Conor Kennedy and Harry Styles, two 18-year-olds. Some highlights:
On her insecurity: “Middle school was what programmed me to be semi-insecure, like, all of the time. I didn’t fit in….I’d stand on the outside of the circle but I was never really in. That’s when I started to realize there’s this thing called rejection.”
On ex-boyfriends: “I don’t think I’ve ever yelled at an ex-boyfriend. Ever. I’m not a yeller. I’m not a fit thrower. If something is done, it’s done.”
On the speculation surrounding her songs and famous exes: “To me it’s just writing songs the way I always have. It’s me sitting on my bed feeling pain I didn’t understand, writing a song, and understanding it better. If people want to dissect the lyrics, that’s their right, but it’s all coming from the exact same place as where I started. It’s just something I do to feel better.”
On rumors: “I’m sure if I looked up the latest Google Alerts rumor it would say I’m chasing somebody who doesn’t like me as much as I like him – people love that angle on me. They’re like “Oh Taylor, coming on too strong again, chasing boys. I never chase boys. They don’t like it!”
“If something is done, it’s done” – girl, who are kidding?! Contrary evidence: Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles. After Jake dumped Swifty, she kind of stalked him and then she cornered him at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. She was NOT “done”. And after Harry dumped her, she flew to London and tried to talk to him – but he ignored her. Because HE was done.
Which brings me to the part that makes me want to rip out my hair. “If I looked up the latest Google Alerts rumor it would say I’m chasing somebody who doesn’t like me as much as I like him… I never chase boys. They don’t like it!” Jesus. First of all, as we’ve documented time and time again, she does in fact “chase” boys. And you know what? Some of them DO LIKE IT. And that’s what bothers me the most – the message Taylor is giving to young women is “Be passive! Boys like to be the instigators, the aggressors. No one likes a girl who is forward or a girl who knows what she wants and goes after it. Being aggressive or ambitious is un-feminine!! Ew, PANTS!”
Photos courtesy of Elle.