Taylor Swift followed through with a promise she made to her fans. Billboard reports that she held an intimate concert for 100 of her most adoring fans on Hamilton Island and she did it old style. Swift took to the stage all by herself and went back to her acoustic roots, performing songs like “Wildest Dreams,” “Out of the Woods,” “Blank Space,” and “Shake It Off” while accompanying herself on acoustic guitar and on the piano.
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Apparently, according to Teen Vogue, Taylor Swift admits to once been extremely dramatic when it comes to love. She told her audience at the Hamilton Island concert how she came to write “Wildest Dreams.”
“It’s a song that I’m really stoked got to be a single, because it’s a song I was really proud of. It was a song about a place I was in my life where I had a very fatalist idea about love. I was clearly in a very bad mood and I was like, ‘Love just ends, it’s not a question of will we break up, it’s when will we break up.’ It was one of those days. But you know, I got a good song out of it.”
Well, even though fans can’t get enough of Taylor Swift, as she says in her song “haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” One of those haters appears to be cultural critic Camille Paglia. Mail Online reports that Paglia has a real hate-on for Swift, particularly Swift’s girl squad mentality.
“In our wide-open modern era of independent careers, girl squads can help women advance if they avoid presenting a silly, regressive public image — as in the tittering, tongues-out mugging of Swift’s bear-hugging posse.”
Paglia also called Taylor Swift a “Nazi Barbie” and her squad nothing more than “performance props.”
“Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props.”
In fact, Paglia went on to say that women would do well to show more interest in friendships with males.
“Women need to study the immensely productive dynamic of male bonding in history. With their results-oriented teamwork, men largely have escaped the sexual jealousy, emotionalism and spiteful turf wars that sometimes dog women.”
Apparently, Paglia has found it difficult writing about Taylor Swift because it reminds her of her own youth.
“Writing about Taylor Swift is a horrific ordeal for me because her twinkly persona is such a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth.”
Well, Paglia certainly dealt out some really harsh criticism to Taylor Swift. But Swift is tough. She can take it. And now she can also take a well-deserved break because she finished with her “1989 World Tour” as of Saturday. Daily Mail reports that Swift was seen in the Melbourne airport last Sunday, getting ready to fly home.
Sunday also happened to be Taylor Swift’s birthday, and she had posted an Instagram photo last week saying it would be a quiet birthday this year.
In honor of her birthday, Swift took a moment to post a picture of herself as a child.
Now Taylor Swift can enjoy the holidays with family and friends and relax – or not! Forbes reports that Swift might be planning a Swiftmas tour. Swift has gone through her company TAS Rights Management to register SWIFTMAS as a trademark in the United States.
Whether or not she is planning a Swiftmas tour is not clear, but in her trademark applications, it seems she might be planning such events, although whether it is for this year no one can say – except Taylor Swift herself.
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