Judging by Taylor Swift’s success over the past five years, GQ probably isn’t joking when they refer to Taylor Swift as the most popular person alive. The current pop queen is on the cover and talks about the alleged feud between she and Katy Perry. She also talks about Kanye West, and the crazy ways people interpret her lyrics, especially in the song “Bad Blood,” which was not really about Katy Perry.
“I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that. I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn’t want to be labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship,” Swift says in the interview.
“When the crowd started booing, I thought they were booing because they also believed I didn’t deserve the award. That’s where the hurt came from. I went backstage and cried, and then I had to stop crying and perform five minutes later.”
Taylor Swift and Kanye West are now friends, at least in terms of the public eye. They have even been seen going out to dinner together in several recent photographs. They have more in common than Swift would ever like to believe. Like Kanye West, Taylor Swift is currently facing a backlash from people who want to see her stopped, especially because they view her as “privileged.”
The most recent backlash against Taylor Swift occurred as she released her video for “Wildest Dreams” and was accused of, to the surprise of many, racism. Lauren Duca from 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.”
“The cracks in Taylor Swift’s seemingly flawless public persona were bound to appear, and it has felt as though the tide has started to turn against the world’s biggest pop star this summer.”
Still, Swift has her fans and her 1989 World Tour has received outstanding reviews.
Billboard said Taylor Swift looked genuinely thrilled at the superb show she gave, while Yahoo! News raved about Swift’s powerful speech at her concert. The rest of the reviews seem to be almost unanimously positive. Did you see the 1989 World Tour? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments section.
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