Taylor Swift: The Girl Who Cried Feminism
There's major bad blood.
Blake Lively. Alicia Keys. Vanessa Hudgens. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Mindy Kaling. Miley Cyrus. Bella Thorne. Ariana Grande. Mandy Moore. Jamie Lee Curtis. Chrissy Teigen. Emma Watson. Drew Barrymore. Amy Schumer. Lena Dunham. Debra Messing. Zendaya. Helen Mirren.
These are just some of the celebrities who participated in the Women's Marches that happened all around the world on January 21, 2017. Whether it's self promotion or a sincere interest in advocacy and human right's issues; at least these women use their popularity, following, and platforms to bring awareness to issues. Right?
Rihanna even marched in New York and dabbed in front of Trump Tower. In a pink tutu. God bless Rihanna.
One woman who was a no show?
Taylor "I talk about girl power constantly but am incredibly silent when it comes to anything feminist or politically related" Swift.
I have always said Taylor Swift is my favorite victim. If she gave a Ted Talk on capitalizing off your own drama, I would watch it. Girl has a way of weaving a scandal to her own benefit that is unprecedented. She has made a career of writing songs about ex boyfriends. A "fight" with Katy Perry? I'll just turn that into the music video Bad Blood. She gave Kanye West permission to use her name in a song but feigned shock and disapproval once she heard the lyrics.
Don't ever let a man undercut your success! she said in a Grammy speech, referring to West.
The truth was revealed once Kim Kardashian came with the receipts a year later via Snapchat video, which had audio of Swift enthusiastically telling Kanye he could include her in his rap.
Ugh. Please excuse me from this narrative!
So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I'm proud to be a woman today, and every day. #WomensMarch— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 21, 2017
all tweet, no action
The Daily Beast says that, "other than Calvin Harris’ tears and teenagers’ money, Taylor Swift runs on bland feminism and Pinterest-friendly patriotism." While Swift usually steers clear of the word feminist, she has espoused girl power-esque values. She is the creator of the "Girl Squad" (if your girl squad is comprised of white models, actresses, and singers who are all millionaires.) She cheers on her girlfriends publicly and talks about the importance of supportive female friendships. She once said that "there is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women" after she took an Amy Poehler/Tina Fey 2016 Golden Globes joke about her dating life personally.
However, things did change a bit once Taylor became friends with Lena Dunham. Swift said to The Guardian, "As a teenager, I didn't understand that saying you're a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men."
Lena Dunham, doing great things for feminism once again!!!
Taylor Swift has remained silent on a lot of issues while parading around with her girl gang. During the 2016 election, she never endorsed a candidate-- although she did take an Instagram selfie at the polls. She never made any statement (or tweet) regarding women's rights or the attempted changes (for ex/defunding Planned Parenthood) being made to them. She was silent during the Black Lives Matter movement. She donated privately to Kesha's trial against Dr. Luke, but never outwardly spoke against rape culture in the music business or anywhere else. (Important--kudos to her for donating.)
However, as the Huffington Post points out, "Swift is the only woman to cry “misogyny” when writing about relationships is brought up in the press — because it gets her more press." Fans are claiming that she is using feminism as a prop to fuel her own brand, without ever actually backing it up.
is taylor swift the girl who cried feminism?
I guess my question is this: what is Taylor Swift? I don't think we should expect much from her other than talking about friendship, and singing about romance. Does she have an enormous platform that she can use for good? Yes, obviously. But activist she has proven she is not, or is not willing to be. We should stop waiting around for her to join the party, although my guess is that most of us are not. I don't see her being arrested with Shailene Woodley protesting the Dakota Pipeline anytime soon.
If we know anything about TS, it's that she uses opportunities to her own benefit, and she's been capitalizing off the idea of feminism and 2017 girl power while remaining largely apolitical. She'll be a feminist as far as selling out arenas is concerned-- and as long as she doesn't alienate her right wing audience-- that's about it.
While debating her non presence at the march this morning on The View (QUALITY PROGRAMMING ALERT!!!), Whoopi Goldberg said ""You have no right to criticize her for not doing what you would be doing. We don't know where she was, what she was doing, she at least acknowledged it. There were a lot of famous chicks who said nothing. Not everybody can do what we do, the way we do it. She was doing girl power before there was a march."
Are we trying to force activism upon Taylor Swift, when she's just tryna sing about John Mayer and sell out the Staples Center?
Sara Haines added: "I think the focus on what people aren't doing is not the place we're at right now in this climate. We should be focusing on what the good people do and applaud that and move on."
Personally, I don't think anyone's life will be changed by Swift's opinion, as much as this is a case of girl, practice what you preach. She has a huge audience of young girls that she could educate and inspire, should she choose to.
Is it time for Swift to pick a lane, or is this the biggest "who cares" situation of them all?
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