Taylor Swift on the dumpster fire of 2017: ‘I couldn’t have asked for a better year’

B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash 2017

If the year 2016 was a dumpster fire, the year 2017 has been a toxic dump of flaming bullsh-t, misogyny, cruelty, pain, suffering, stupidity, ignorance and hate. “Peak 2017” has come to mean that “of course we’re dealing with this terrible story right now, in this year when everything is awful, backwards, violent, corrupt and stupid.” And yet there are still some bright spots – women are being believed. Child molesters aren’t being elected to the Senate. Sexual predators are being outed, shamed, fired, sued and forced into hiding. People are still getting married and having babies and falling in love. And I have every reason to believe that we might be getting some Christmas or New Year’s indictments, perhaps even a spring or summer impeachment (God willing). Plus, Christmas is around the corner and I can’t help it, I’m going to sing my Christmas songs.

My point is that even if you’re a hardened cynic, you can still find the silver lining sometimes. Would I ever consider 2017 to be a good or great year? Absolutely not. But I’m not Taylor Swift. Taylor turned 28 years old on Wednesday, and many people sent her birthday well-wishes and whatever. This is what she posted on Instagram:

That’s to her fans: “I love you guys so much…I couldn’t have asked for a better year, all thanks to you.” She’s trying to thank her fans for sticking by her, through thick and thin, through the receipts and The Glorious Tiddlebanging and Handsome Joe and the sexual assault lawsuit and all of that. Her fans are legit ride-or-die. Her fans will stand by her no matter what. I understand her desire to thank them and she would not still be around without their support and love and money. But does it seem callous to say “I couldn’t have asked for a better year” during this, our massively garbage year? Neo-Nazis literally killed someone in an American city this year. Our country is being led by an authoritarian, white supremacist dictator who is unhinged, deranged, stupid and a sexual predator. And Tay couldn’t have asked for a better year.

Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato perform at the 2017 Jingle Ball in New York City

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  1. Tiffany27 says:

    I mean Taylor’s main concern is always Taylor so……. yeah. She couldn’t have asked for a better year.

  2. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    How can she be a musician when she is stone-cold tone deaf?

  3. OSTONE says:

    Good for her, must be nice to be so far removed and privileged from all the sh*t that happened this year. Can’t fault someone for being happy and rich I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️

  4. Jessie says:

    I, personally, have had a great things happen to me this year. I got a new job at a place I love, and I FINALLY bought the house I have been saving up for by living with my in laws for over two years. But I will go on record as saying this is the worst year EVER. Every day I wake up with anxiety. Everytime I get a news notification on my phone, I am like “What fresh hell awaits us now”. I have lost good friends because electing this monster has brought out the dumpster fire in people.

    TayTay needs to think about others before she puts her skinny foot in her piehole.

  5. OriginalLala says:

    selfish girl is tone deaf. no shocker there.

  6. Alyce says:

    Flay me guys (gals mostly, I guess), but I loved 2017! It has been one of the best years of my life – I got married to a wonderful guy and went on an amazing trip to China! I also got a promotion and a raise. 2017 rocked for me!

    That doesn’t mean I don’t care about everything else going on and I am not ok at all with Cheeto Benito and his horrible policies. I can recognize that 2017 was not great for America or the world as a whole.

    Taylor was speaking from a personal and career perspective. Sometimes she deserves criticism. This is not one of those times.

    • JenB says:

      I think you’re correct. I also don’t think she has to be political if she doesn’t want to be.

    • BlueMoodyHues says:

      You’re talking about a rational person. Like, who gave you the right to do that? How can you be rational when a baby just died somewhere in the world?

    • another kate says:

      Agree, when you don’t like a person, everything they do is wrong which is what is happening here. She obviously was speaking from a personal standpoint and meaning it as a shout-out to her fans for their support. I had a great year too full of a lot of joy – doesn’t take away from the evil happening, but what are we supposed to do, stop living and give up on happiness? Then they win twice over!

      From a PR standpoint, I do think she could have phrased it a little differently though.

    • Whatever says:

      This plus Taylor never speaks about politics. Right or wrong, she just doesn’t. So it’s not fair to read larger political themes into any of her statements when it’s very well known she always remains silent about them. She is obviously speaking just on her personal life and her career because she has never said one word about Trump in the first place.

    • Carrie1 says:

      You’ve got her message on point.

      Yeah this is one of those times. She’s in a position of influence. She’s selfish, still, to say this but most especially at this time of year.

  7. paranormalgirl says:

    This was a great year for me on the personal level. But on every other level… this year was even worse than 2016.

  8. Betsy says:

    She’s so cluelesssssssss

    I mean she is, she really, really is – but I remember feeling kind of bummed that everyone hated 2016 so hard when I was having a personally great year, and I felt especially sore at family who delighted in calling it a dumpster fire when it was the year I had my third (I didn’t really expect everyone else not to call it a dumpster fire as I was as unhappy as anyone else about the ongoing train wreck that was the GOP traitor to America train).

  9. S says:

    She lives in a bubble where nothing bad happens.

  10. eglaf says:

    Taylor Swift is a Taylor Swift Activist. Don’t expect her to care about anything else

  11. Shambles says:

    Yeah, it does seem incredibly callous.

    No, she didn’t do it on purpose, of course. But we’re allowed to point out the fact that the girl who won’t denounce her Nazi fan base is celebrating the year in which the Nazis actually killed an American citizen, and how messed up that is.

    No, she doesn’t know nor does she care, but you have to be pretty damned self-involved (Taylor?? What????? Shocking) to publicly announce, to millions of people, “I couldn’t have asked for a better year” after the first year of a Donald Trump presidency. It still hurts to type that out. But she can insulate herself with walls made of money, so why should she care?

  12. holly hobby says:

    Of course she’s having a good year. She is one of the few who will benefit from GOP’s stupid tax plan!

  13. manda says:

    I just don’t get her popularity. Never have

  14. Jessi says:

    I couldn’t have asked for a better year either! I know the world is the pits right now, but personally, this year was amazing to me. Come at me for being selfish, I don’t care.

  15. Val says:

    I know this is completely unrelated to her bubble of delusion (good for her, I can barely stop thinking of what an awful year this has been), but holy shumongous, she has gained weight. Like a lot of weight. There’s been a thicc convo, so I’m not breaking any news.. but that last picture, wow. Lovely that she looks infinitely better than as a lollipop last year. May definitely be happy relationship weight gain, lord knows I have 20lbs extra of those. But for such a long body, she must’ve gained even more.

  16. Sitka says:

    Seriously? I had a great year as well; if I say that does it mean you can all pile on me? She can’t do right for doing wrong here.

  17. Who ARE these people? says:

    Bless her heart.

    Of course life still brings blessings. But it’s also too soon to experience all the consequences of this year’s politics on a widespread scale. And Americans in Puerto Rico have had a different experience. As did families who lost to gun violence because of Congressional inaction. And so on. Nbut generally it’s hard for people to see creeping authoritarianism day by day.

  18. Hollie says:

    You have got to relax, this is an instance when yes people can talk about their personal achievement and success and it doesn’t have to be a political dig or insult to those who have suffered this year. My goodness, you are looking for a fight.

  19. Connie says:

    I mean she has the right to celebrate if she’s had a good year. However, in general it is possible to acknowledge that on a personal level you had a wonderful year but the year wasn’t great for other people or that there were horrendous events happening around the world. It is possible to do two things at once. And I know that people will bring up the argument that she isn’t required to be political but is denouncing her Nazi followers really a political issue or an issue of being a decent human being?

    Ultimately she has a right to post whatever she wants but people have a right to express their opinion (good or bad) as well. It’s part of the downside to being a public figure.

  20. Kate says:

    2017 has been great for rich, overrated, white ladies. Melania, Ivanka, Taylor, etc. Well, at least I do not have to pay for TayTay’s lifestyle.

  21. angie0717 says:

    Because her post was so full of asshole, I want to be petty and hair shame her. Taylor, you’re being lied to, your hair definitely does not look good. The cut. The colour. All. Of. It.

  22. shanaynay says:

    Ok, HATE to do this,…but the last pic she looks kinda bumpy right? girl is rocking some thick thighs. but otherwise, STFU taylor and read the goddamn news once in a while.

  23. Monsy says:

    Well, that’s because she enjoys a position of privilege that allows her to not be really bother for all the things that keep awake at night people that don’t have her privileged status.

    She’s a white woman, that comes from a very wealthy family. Her dad bought a record label when she wanted to become a singer, do you honestly believe she can relate to problems like not having a health insurance, xenophobia, racism, getting a family member deported, neo nazis ( that call her their “aryan queen” and yet she still hasn’t denounced them publicly)

    So of course she had a great year, she lives in a world of privilege that very few enjoy,

  24. becoo says:

    I’ll give her that 2017 and nigh every year before it has certainly been great for the powerful white plutocrats of the world.

  25. Lilith says:

    And white privilege rears it’s blonde blue-eyed head yet again. Swift makes me want to vomit.

  26. monette says:

    Michael K said it real nice:

    “Taylor IS that girl at school who laughs and eats ice cream in front of the detention room windows while everyone inside has to keep quiet as they write an essay about why they’re in detention.”

  27. HeyThere! says:

    2017 has been a personal best of mine. I have felt oddly conflicted about how great it has been for us but how hard it has been on society. It just makes me cherish my newborn, toddler, and loving husband even more. I really hope joy and light prevail in 2018!!!!!!! Our world can’t take more negativity and monsters.

  28. Marianne says:

    This is so stupid. She’s allowed to personally have a good year. Its not like shes reflecting on the entire population. She’s in love, she’s had a successful album (whether or not thats because of fans buying multiple albums), she’s going on tour, she won her court case etc. For her, it was a good year and thats fine. Life is always going to be sh**ty for someone. We can’t wallow in sadness all the time.

  29. magnoliarose says:

    Wording and her refusal to say anything about these times make her seem selfish and it plays into her public negatives. Her audience likes her blandness and uninspiring persona I guess. It baffles me because she isn’t especially talented.
    Maybe it is her place in pop culture. *shrug*