Taylor Swift’s ‘decision to keep her relationship with Joe quiet is making her happy’

Taylor Swift's new video 'Look What You Made Me Do'

Before we get into People Magazine’s latest missive from Team Snake Emoji, I’d really like to point out that everyone should read this excellent analysis of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” song and video. Vulture’s Mark Harris writes that LWYMMD is “the first pure, truly emblematic, undeniable piece of pop art of the Trump era,” which reads as a “tour de force of deflective petulance.” Harris uses words and phrases like “utterly insufferable” and “an anthem that turns the abrogation of personal responsibility into a posturing statement of empowerment.” And this: It “imagines a world in which a clean slate means never having to say you’re sorry because every conceivable way you lash out must be someone else’s fault. Is Taylor Swift to blame for anything? How can any of us know? There was violence on many sides, many sides.” Please read it. I finally feel understood.

As for Team Taylor’s missives to People Magazine, everything is going according to schedule. The first single has been out for six days and it’s a huge, record-smashing hit. The album doesn’t come out until November, on the tenth anniversary of Donda West’s passing. That leaves more than two months in which Taylor gets to really bring The Taylor Swift Show to town. There will be interviews and shady stories dropped to major outlets. There will be photo-ops and pap strolls. And I’m sure we’ll be seeing Taylor and Joe Alwyn on some kind of date night at some point. People Mag wants to remind us that she’s still with Poor Joe.

Taylor Swift is breaking records left and right with her new single “Look What You Made Me Do,” and her relationship with boyfriend Joe Alwyn is also stronger than ever. A source close to the Grammy winner, 27, tells PEOPLE exclusively the duo are still “very happy together” and continuing to spend time with each other out of the spotlight.

“Her decision to keep her relationship with Joe quiet is making her happy,” says the source. “They have been getting to know each other slowly without any pressure.”

Earlier this year, Swift spent an extended period of time with Alwyn in the U.K. while he filmed his upcoming movie The Favourite. The actor also often visits his girlfriend in the States and “is very happy about spending time at home with Taylor,” adds the source. “They seem to be on the same page. Joe is getting to know Taylor’s parents and everyone likes him. He is very supportive of her work.”

[From People]

You can always tell when a story about Taylor’s love life is coming from Taylor’s team because all of the quotes are about how SHE feels and what the guy is doing for HER. Who is Joe Alwyn? Does he feel anything? Does he have any agency, in life or in this relationship? Or is he merely an extension of Taylor Swift, there to serve her needs and wants, there to serve a Tay-specific purpose on a Tay-specific schedule? Taylor is happy with Joe, therefore Joe still exists.

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  1. Josie says:

    “the first pure, truly emblematic, undeniable piece of pop art of the Trump era,”

    With awful dancing:
    https://media2.giphy.com/media/YOEGgXHoWBMv6/200.gif

    • Serifeo says:

      I don’t know if you guys have seen the tweets the director of Swifts video has been churning out, but they are so creepy similiar to the whole trump thing. He even blames the media – just like Trump! The media is Taylors new bully. And he even adds he thinks ‘the treatment of Taylor in the media is misogynistic and a man would never get this criticism.’

      She really is the perfect pop star for the Trump era.

      • Silent Star says:

        Yes, she is absolutely emblematic of today’s culture of unaccountability. :(

        ‘the treatment of Taylor in the media is misogynistic and a man would never get this criticism.’

        …actually the first thing I thought was how tone deaf it is to call your song “Look What You Made Me Do” in the current environment of misogyny and bigotry where victims are blamed and the privileged can get away with anything with the right kind of confusery. If a male pop star wrote these kinds of lyrics, he’d be accused of promoting emotional abuse — or he’d break all the sales records and win a Grammy…I just don’t know anymore!! Ugh!

      • jetlagged says:

        That director is a piece of work. He has been problematic as hell for years, and Taylor’s ongoing association with him actually makes me think a great deal less of her, especially since he has bragged on Twitter that he loves collaborating with her because he thinks she is the “hotter, smarter me”. Yikes.

      • argonaut says:

        @Serifo omg that’s not the first gif i’ve seen of her dancing while only moving the one arm and keeping the other stiff and awkward. is that her signature move?

      • WeAreAllMadeofStars says:

        @Silent Star…Both, friend, it would be both! It’s not an either or proposition.

  2. Aerohead21 says:

    I’m only 36 but I feel old. Idk why her generation has such a hard time taking responsibility. She’s not a teenager anymore. She can’t blame her youth. She’s a fully grown woman. Act like one.

    The rest of my commentary has just been her current narrative is because it sells. She’s making money by keeping this narrative going.

    • ell says:

      no. enough with this generation thing, most people who voted for trump are NOT millennials, so.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Can we take a moment here and remember that he did not win the popular vote, voter demographics not withstanding, but please recall the typical “alt-right” protestor- white, young men.

      • Cleo says:

        He didn’t win the popular vote but still…63 million some odd people voted for him which is scary enough…

    • Nicole says:

      Lord it’s not generational because I seem to see how Boomers don’t take responsibility for crashing the entire market. So stop. This is because of Taylor and her alone

      • Cleo says:

        LOL THANK YOU. Boomers are the worst at passing the blame but acting like they somehow magically had no effect on the world at all and someone those born after 1983/4 ruined everything in their short time on Earth.

    • Cee says:

      I’ve just finished dating a 34, almost 35, year old man-child, so no, it’s not “this” generation. A lot of people have issues and trouble maturing, taking responsability and comitting.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I don’t think it’s a generational issue at all. Some people just NEVER want to take responsibility for their own actions. EVER. I see it all the time in my practice. It’s not the generation, it’s the person.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Yes, lol. My 80year old mother, for one! 😂

      • Oh-Dear says:

        my 63-year old mom and 38-year old sister!
        I had a hard time with it too, in some regards until my early 30′s. I have always worked hard and been an achiever, so it wasn’t with work ethic. I had a boyfriend in my early 20′s who told me I was the first to say I was sorry for anything. He always had to make amends, and he was right. I am so grateful to him for telling me that. I also had a hard time coming forward if I had done something wrong. The fear of disappointing or confrontation was the driver of that, as well as super poor communication skills. My husband of almost 18 years has been so wonderful for that. He doesn’t over-react when I bring up something, and he’s always been encouraging about me speaking my mind. I had to learn those skills as an adult. My mom was really hard to talk to. I’m a crier and she hates that (even last week she told my sister she doesn’t have to cry in therapy, she just needs to decide she isn’t going to). As a result, I make sure my daughters talk about their feelings and how they contribute positively and negatively to the situations around them.

      • Embee says:

        I agree that it isn’t generational. It may be cultural, though. For many decades the US has been pretty insulated from fear (recognizing that many individuals in the US live in fear). Our wars occur elsewhere. No one has been a significant military threat since the cold war. We’ve been coasting.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        My 74 year old father will leave this world one day never having uttered the words “I was wrong.”

      • Artemis says:

        I’m working on it now as a 27 year old. My family is cold so I learnt most things from books anyway but I realise now I have a hard time maintaining relationships as I don’t want to admit I’m wrong. I can get on my high horse sometimes because I project my issues but I’m tired and I love my friends so I have to put in the work basically! It feels weird and good at the same time.

        Relating this to Swift, somebody who clings to the few grudges she has in such a public manner for coins and attention tells me all I need to know about her character. She has so much to be happy and grateful for but chooses to be obsessed with this? She can say so much about her enemies’ sexism or racism but stays shallow and petty. To be like that in private is one thing but she seems to revel in it because her fans validate it. Terrible person. If I was a teenager, I don’t think I’d like her music, I loved introspective albums like Xtina’s Stripped. TS is just regressing musically and Christina was so mature at age 22! Same with Britney who had empowering pop songs and introspective ballads. And the popgirls back in the 00s were so much messier and exciting but didn’t bother taking continuous jabs at each other via music and press.

    • QueenB says:

      Thats the thing: We dont know anything about Taylors love life. Everything thats out there is manufactured and manipulated by her. To make her money.
      We dont know if she cant make a relationship work, what her likes/dislikes are, if she even actually wants one. Because its not about what Taylor actually does or wants but what sells.

      In that sense she cant take responsibility because that would mean being honest to the public that its all showmances.

  3. Shambles says:

    “Is Taylor Swift to blame for anything? How can any of us know? There was violence on many sides, many sides.”

    HOLY EVERYTHING. Shut down the internet. Hold the People Mag articles. Delete the tweets. This is all that needs to be said. I’m with you, Kaiser. I finally feel understood.

  4. iris west-allen says:

    There are positive articles about the video that can be found easily by a Google search.

    Keep the narrative that everything taylor does is wrong while ignoring everything else is truly narrow minded.

    • Josie says:

      Can you give an example?

    • A Croatian says:

      Then comment on the positive ones if you like them better :-)

      • third ginger says:

        There may be many positive ones, but Taylor and her PR people are way out of their depth against a brilliant writer like Mark Harris.

    • Oh-Dear says:

      I also find there are some interesting articles that explore some pretty relevant socio-cultural themes too. I think Taylor can be problematic, and I love journalists who take a really thoughtful peek with a critical (critical thinking on critical critique) lens. I work with professors whose research is in the area of social justice and social media, and I their take on the narrative around Swift, the Kardashians (whom I don’t care about at all), Kesha, Levato and Beyonce are facinating, especially because they aren’t the target audience. Each woman takes up a different aspect of a female persona, and they are moving women forward in their own way (heads of their own companies, branding, narrative, being a woman succeeding independent from or in spite of men). Yes, even Taylor. There is an over-arching, long term development of her brand, and I am hoping the next phase is less whining, and more of what we saw in the trial. They dig into the themes, branding and feminist/girlboss narratives that are being created as these women use new platforms (often much better than men).

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/30/taylor-swift-snake-woman-misogyny-look-what-you-made-me-do

      http://www.esquire.co.uk/culture/news/a16938/why-youre-all-wrong-about-taylor-swifts-new-song/

      • jetlagged says:

        While there is definitely a larger, and more important, discussion to be had about the double-standard by which successful and powerful women are judged in today’s society, I’m not sure this song is necessarily emblematic of that. It’s not that deep, because Taylor is not that deep.

        Taylor has enjoyed monumental success, yet she remains fixated on the negative reactions she keeps seeing – and she decided to let everyone know she is pissed, because despite her best efforts she is still not universally adored. Even if you accept the premise that the song and video are a commentary on the media reaction to various aspects of her image (past and present), the new song is still just another variation on her usual victim schtick. She’ll claim and take full credit for all the rewards her carefully crafted personae have brought her over the years, but none of the criticism that has accompanied her success is her fault. It’s everyone else’s fault because we just aren’t smart enough to get it.

      • Oh-Dear says:

        @jetlagged – I agree completely. As I said, Taylor is problematic. I don’t like this song, the video is clever but I have second-hand embarrassment for her so much of the time. And I appreciate the over conversation around these women who are so incredibly successful financially, and in control of their career, but who mostly lack a sense of dignity and ownership of their business acumen.

    • Atty says:

      LoL, no. Literally no one is buying into the 2 or 3 positive articles for every 10 that are ruthless except for her stans. What’s it like stanning for someone who mocks the assault and robbery of a woman?

      • WeAreAllMadeofStars says:

        Exactly. The level of mockery in the Guardian comments is hilarious. They are calling the silly article a sign of the inevitable decline of the paper. Sad.
        Also, this is the first time that major news outlets have the bulbs to go after her music, which is quite frankly refreshing.

  5. Neelyo says:

    I’ve actively ignored Swift for years. With this latest roll out I decided to pay attention. That led me to an article about her media manipulation and the white privilege she’s flaunted for years. Now I actively hate her.

    That’s all.

    • Josie says:

      I didn’t hear her music until 1989 came out and I thought that was great. All I knew about her was all the tabloid coverage but it seemed she’d matured when she was with Calvin Harris.

      Looks like she’s regressed about 10 years.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I don’t “hate” her. When she was younger, I felt like she was just in slightly arrested development and I kind of felt bad for her. Now, the arrested development is more obvious as she has gotten older and the self-centered narcissistic crap is over the top. And most of all, I’m finding her boring, and not in a comfortable way.

      I still do think she did well with the DJ trial, though. Not going to take that away from her.

      • Neelyo says:

        Hate may be too strong of a word, maybe disgust is better. I ignored last summer’s snake drama because I don’t care about any of the players but when I read what it was really about and how she handled it all I was disgusted.

        She can’t just put a black man through the wringer to protect her own deceit and then just excuse it all with a lame music video.

        Nope, she’s just Carolyn Bryant with a recording contract and a lot more eyeliner (what’s up with all the eyeliner???).

      • HelloThere says:

        I am unsure how Kayne was “put through the ringer”? He called a young 23 or so year old to ask if he could use song lyrics about having s#x with her. He then made “art” with her naked. And he was put through the ringer? We have no idea exactly what was said on the tape because it was edited. And it was not on the tape where Taylor said he could call her a b7tch. Kayne is also is a fan of Trump and didn’t vote. And yet individuals blame Taylor for not standing against Trump. Why no “hate” on Kayne for being a fan of Trump and supporting him and hate for Taylor for saying nothing about politics. Is this what we let men get away with these days? The problem is that those who defend Kayne at all costs have no room to talk about Trump. Kayne is as much against women as Trump is. I have no idea why anyone would defend him. But then some defend Trump – so??? And before you laugh Kayne wants to be president to.

      • Neelyo says:

        @ Hello There – I don’t like Kanye and my choice of words was incorrect, he wasn’t put through the wringer.

        However, through her falsehood last summer, she helped continue the age old myth of white women victimized by black men. That is disgusting.

      • Kelly says:

        HelloThere, great comment, totally agree!

      • Nev says:

        @Neelyo

        WORD.

      • WeAreAllMadeofStars says:

        @HelloThere: Plenty of people criticize Kanye, on this site and elsewhere, so that’s a straw man. They can both be criticized and both are. Kanye responded to criticism of his song by stating that he had a conversation with Swift about the line. She then sent her people to Buzzfeed with this statement:

        “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single “Famous” on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, “I made that bitch famous.”

        Um, okay Great Feminist Taylor. That’s called being busted. I actually like them together since they both have the same ethos of throwing anybody and everybody under the bus to make a quick buck.

    • argonaut says:

      have you seen the photo of her posing next to a fan with a giant swastika on his shirt?

  6. Nev says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  7. seesittellsit says:

    “Happy” people don’t treat people the way TS does. What she did to Hiddleston with those dancers in those t-shirts is horrifying – not because of what the stunt suggests (a theory I happen to hold myself) but because of how it’s clearly meant: vicious slander of the most ironic sort given who it’s coming from (yes, I hold that theory, too). No matter what you think of anyone’s decision about how public or not to go, that is the individual’s decision.

    And all it confirms for me is that HiddleSwift was indeed publicity stunt, and when Hiddleston got a closeup view of who Swift really was, and saw how ghastly wrong it went for him with the t-shirt, he bailed as soon as he decently could, but before the agreed upon time. That dance routine is her revenge.

    She reminds of the child in that old 1960s film “The Bad Seed”. At least Hiddletson, whatever his issues, had the grace not to throw stones at her and keep a mostly gentlemanly silence.

    I wish Joe the best of luck.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      OMG, the Bad Seed. YES! Sweet and innocent on the outside, not so much on the inside.

    • Nancy says:

      Good post @seeittellsit: Couldn’t have said it better myself! Bad Seed….Children of the Corn, a whole list just popped in my head….lol. I have much respect for Tom and his restraint. Sadly, she learned no lessons on decency or even shaming someone from him. Her loss.

    • GiBee says:

      The weird thing is how he’s avoided bashing her in interviews! Don’t get me wrong, the whole Tiddlebanging really soured me on him, but it’s not like afterwards he went around saying that she demanded he wear that tank top.

    • Artemis says:

      I really like it when women let rip to men who wronged them (Alanis is HBIC for that!) or who show a honest and biting but still vulnerable account of relationships that failed (so many examples to pick from but I like Madonna’s LAP album about Sean Penn a lot). This diabla blanca however is ripping on a damn puppy. TH of all people is not your enemy Taylor! I never particularly liked him but I can see he’s harmless and annoying, like a child lol.

    • Amelie says:

      Except he did address the relationship in his epic GQ interview and talked at length about it! He wanted people to know it was a real relationship with real emotions and not a publicity stunt, but to his credit he did not trash her at all: https://www.gq.com/story/tom-hiddleston-cover-profile

  8. third ginger says:

    For those not familiar with Harris, he is a respected film historian and entertainment writer. He’s a genuine intellectual who is putting his talents to a fun use here. I read this and laughed all through it. I am not on Twitter, but Harris is one whose twitter I read for brilliant political and cultural comments. Off topic, but he is also the husband of the great Tony Kushner. My kind of power couple!!

    • Nancy says:

      Dang. I have a young teen and this guy looks like the kid in her You Belong To Me video, I think that’s the one. He looks too young to have such a resume as you described and if that’s true, too smart to be with her! Oh forgive the snark, she brings it out in me! Phony baloney!!

      • third ginger says:

        Nancy, are you responding to me?. I am speaking of author Mark Harris. Not Joe Alwyn. Mark Harris is a middle-aged writer. He’s gay. Read Harris making fun of Taylor’s video.

      • third ginger says:

        Read Kaiser again. she is posting 2 different stories. Joe Alwyn is a kid who may or may not make it as an actor.

      • Nancy says:

        third ginger: Forgive this sleep deprived mom….lol. It was hard to believe she was dating an intellectual!! This now makes sense, another kid to add to her list. Think I will take a nap with my baby and put eye drops in…..before I read Mark Harris’ take on this video.

      • third ginger says:

        Yes. The only super smart person she’s dated was Tom {Cambridge classics scholar] Enjoy your little one. I was only able to have one. She will soon be 25.

      • Nancy says:

        Ha! I read it Ginger. Remind me not to piss Mark Harris off!! He didn’t hold back and I think he was spot on. He didn’t give Mayweather or McGregor any mercy either, or our grand commander in chief. Good read, good laugh, I was cheering him on with every single statement……which could have been underlined in red…take that Taylor! *just saw your above post…I have three children, the latest was our surprise, but what a gift she is*

      • third ginger says:

        Nancy, thank you for your nice responses. I had my “little girl” at 40. I will soon be 65, and she will be 25. Needless to say, she is the light of our lives!!

      • Nancy says:

        Your daughter is lucky to have a sweet and smart mother such as yourself Ginger. We are all blessed. I’d be lost without my three kiddles. Thanks for your nice responses as well. Sometimes the responses I get from folks, I just want to give up on posting, then someone like you comes along and makes me smile!

  9. RBC says:

    Okay, this is what I do not understand. There are celebrities who have been dating someone and the world never knows about it. If Taylor really wanted to keep this relationship out of the”spotlight” the world would never know his name. What is she getting out of having the world know who he is and saying she wants to keep it quiet?

    • Josie says:

      Pushing a narrative in a pr release to People, then completely contradicting it ;)

    • Alleycat says:

      Because she doesn’t ACTUALLY want to be private. She still wants people to talk about her and her bf. She just wants to pretend she’s private, because people made fun of her about tiddles last summer. And this girl can remember every criticism ever made to her. If she doesn’t have people talking about her, her music (and then sales) mean nothing. Her career survives on drama, so she would never actually be out of the spotlight.

    • QueenB says:

      She obviously wants people to know. More specifically that ITS SUPER PRIVATE!!! DO YOU HEAR ME WHISPER THIS SECRET????

  10. FishBeard says:

    I understand paralleling LWYMMD with Trump politics, but I doubt that Taylor’s material would’ve been any different had Clinton won. Honestly, I don’t understand why Americans like to prioritize celebrities into their politics. It’s not like that in Canada, nor in any other country as far as I know.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Truly.

    • Atty says:

      That’s the point, though – Trump has drastically changed the landscape and she is showing her lack of awareness.

    • WeAreAllMadeofStars says:

      I have no idea what the phrase “prioritizing celebrities into their politics” is supposed to mean, but the guy wrote a lighthearted think piece on how Swift’s mentality dovetails so neatly with that of our illustrious Commander in Chief. It’s not like he’s wrong, is it?

  11. Mike says:

    I like a few Swifty tunes, but this one is just beyond terrible. Barely made is thru is once and will never listen to it again if I can help it. What is music coming to?

  12. Nancy says:

    Maybe she has learned that flaunting her boyfriends in public hasn’t worked out so well for her in the past, at all. I’m guessing we won’t see this new dude in a I heart T.S. tee-shirt. It just goes to show you, that when these famous folk complain about their lack of privacy, it just may be of their own design. She’s keeping this one under lock and key and hopefully that’s good for them, especially him if there is a breakup.

  13. Evie says:

    Run, Joe, Run — as fast and as far away as you can!

  14. Monsy says:

    Well, if lwymmd shows you anything is that Taylor is in a happy, calm and peaceful place in her life.lol

    I completely agree, her song is the ultimate pop anthem of the Trump era. Celebrating the Bullies, blaming other for her actions, deflection any kind of responsibility, playing to her base, complaing of how the media portraits her.

    I don’t know if she actually voted for Trump but sure she’s embracing those trumpian values.

    And Joe, well, good luck… You know what you were getting yourself into

  15. Kiki says:

    This is manipulation 2.0. Don’t get me wrong, I like Taylor Swift but I think these fueds and disses against people who wronged her is very tired and most people are sick of it. I think at her young age, she is a very good songwriter, that’s what I appreciate about Taylor Swift. However, I (like most people) am tired of Taylor Swift’s whining and getting revenge against boyfriends, Apple and Kanye West ( seriously, why would you kick a man when he is down, especially when we all know now that Kanye is crazy). Tay Swift is winning until this pity party of hers. Taylor should move on. LWYMMD is a catchy son, and I won’t be surprised that it will be #1 in the Hot 100.

  16. Who ARE These People? says:

    Heck, the decision to keep her relationship “quiet” is making ME happy.

  17. Anatha says:

    How can he spend time with her at home, when he is filming in Scotland at the moment? Or was he written out of the Mary Queen of Scots movie?

  18. Meg says:

    What was described in this was a narcassist. Taylor is such a narcassist

  19. Cat says:

    At this point, they are going to have to seat her in the balcony at any industry awards show because she has written songs about more than half of her peers. Here is a thought, perhaps befriend/date a segment of the population who is not famous.

  20. littlemissnaughty says:

    She’s the sibling that punches you and then starts crying when mom walks in.

  21. Lucy says:

    I don’t know, you guys…I mean, all we know about him is that he’s an actor and her boyfriend. That’s it.

  22. no no says:

    And here we go again. It is so private, but we will heard about it every day. And this People source is of course Tay Tay PR team. All article is about her. Just like all her PR articles from last year. Joe Joe, just like Hiddles, isn’t existed in this relationship, All is about her. How they love her, spoil her, want to marry and have kids, how they think she is pretty, generous, can’t live without her etc.
    She need to feel special, she must has a big ego.
    I’m not shoced that her every RS end so soon – for her RS is about one person – goddess Tay Tay.

  23. Zondie says:

    I don’t think Taylor is reading up on Trump manifestos or even interested in current events. I’ll believe it when I find out she spent an entire semester enrolled in 15 credit hours of university basics. The subject matter and title of the song make it convenient for Harris to write his piece, but I think there is too much conjecture there. You cannot get into the minds of why people voted for someone, so projecting that it was this prejudice or that just feeds a perceived “divide” in America. As a whole, I don’t think we are more or less irresponsible than previous generations. Taylor is just a pop singer folks, not some kind of oracle.

    • third ginger says:

      It was satire.

      • Zondie says:

        @THIRD GINGER was it satire? I’m embarrassed I didn’t pick up on that! I just hate it when people try to give Trump too much credit for “influencing” us. I think most people knew before the election even that he is crazy.

      • third ginger says:

        Well, it was putting Taylor in a political context when I think Harris knows she is not political, so my opinion would be that was part of poking fun at her. I read his writing and my guess is he would know Taylor likely does not keep up with world affairs. I absolutely agree that too many people stereotype millennials. I admire my daughter and young people very much and do not hold them responsible for the state of the country. I laughed especially when Harris referred to the “on many sides” remark. I am sorry if I sounded rude or short-tempered with my response. Best to you.

    • third ginger says:

      Also, I think the younger generation is great, Zondie. All the young people I know are extremely hard working and responsible.

  24. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    That article made me breathe easier. Thank gawd common sense and intellect still exist. It was comical yes, but the truth is we are definitely in a temporal zone and it’s frakking depressing. Reading Harris’s words are oddly comforting lol.

  25. phatypopo says:

    Joe looks like he could be her TWIN

  26. Tess says:

    I’m still surprised anyone is willing to date her because her personality seems so toxic. But unsurprisingly it’s a relative nobody.
    Taylor is not a genius. She is clever, she’s a master manipulator, she has a very good team around her, very good attention to detail in a layered way, but she is no genius. To be fair, I don’t even think Lemonade was “genius” BUT I think it will stand the test of time because it so acutely and specifically speaks to people on a sublime level and because of that will become a work of genius. And being completely fair also, it’s not just her, she has a great team of stylists, producers, writers, etc because no I don’t believe for a minute that Beyoncé dreams up all her concepts, she is a known copyer. But Beyoncé tapped into her culture and a dialogue that is far beyond just her and her life; Taylor is still just talking about herself. Her stans know her schtick is planting Easter eggs, that’s not genius that’s gimmick. The article summed it up brilliantly in the Trump era “I’m winning but look at how much I’m abused and victimized and overcoming it all you hater losers.”

  27. Bliss 51 says:

    My reaction to Taylor Swift is bewilderment at her popularity. I’ve read her music is catchy so I once listened to some of her music and there was nothing that captured my ear. I’m an oldster and when very young, 10, listened to the radio to the likes of George Jones, Skeeter Davis, Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys and oldies through the British Invasion and into the decades to the present. I like this young man, Frank Ocean’s work, recommended by my niece.

  28. Erica_V says:

    Until Kanye apologies for using her naked likeness without her consent Taylor doesn’t have to apologize FOR ANYTHING!!!

    Why does everyone forget he did that to her? Why does everyone insist Taylor take the highroad? She does not have to be the bigger person just because she’s a woman!! Kanye is a misogynistic douchebag and Taylor doesn’t owe him a single thing.