Taylor Swift may be experiencing somewhat of a backlash lately, but she still is earning rave reviews for her concert performances. The Tennessean praised Swift’s performance at the Bridgestone Arena.
“Over the course of the two-hour concert, which began with ‘Welcome to New York,’ Swift captivated the packed arena with fierce performances and elaborately-crafted visuals and sets, including a catwalk that rose 20 feet off the ground and spun around while Swift and her backup dancers performed atop it.”
The review indicated that even though some small children were carried out by their parents after the concert that ended after 11 p.m., it was a night they will never forget. According to Mashable, Swift brought a very special guest on stage.
“Friday night’s performance in Swift’s adopted hometown of Nashville, Tennessee was no exception. The crowd lost its cool when the pop star brought ‘absolute rock and roll icon’ Steven Tyler on stage to sing a duet of ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.'”
Many in the audience were wowed by the performance, which showed how versatile of a performance Swift really is. The response must have felt good for Swift, who has been experiencing a backlash from her “Wildest Dreams” video. The Huffington Post accused Ms. Swift of colonialism.
“Instead of the cultural appropriation that has become almost status quo in today’s pop music, Swift has opted for the bolder option of actually just embodying the political exploitation of a region and its people. It’s brave, really.”
Some people accused Swift of then trying to show that she’s “cool with the Blacks” by posting a picture of herself hanging out with American Idol contestant Todrick Hall. The comments after an article on the topic by Entertainment Weekly weren’t very kind.
“Taylor is so transparent. She now wants to prove that she is ‘cool with the Blacks’ by hanging out with Todrick Hall and even calling him her new best friend. It is so transparent,” writes Proud Gay Millennial.
“Taylor you don’t have to try so hard to prove your down with the blacks. This picture screems [sic] of desperation,” comments Eric Porter.
A backlash against Taylor Swift was pretty much inevitable. However, it doesn’t appear to be affecting Swift’s red-hot career right now. She is playing to sell-out crowds every night, and her album 1989 is still in the top five on Billboard’s album chart after a year. Taylor Swift is unstoppable — at least for now.
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