My greatest fear is that I’ll never escape Taylor Swift discourse.
I hear her name everywhere — she's become more polarizing than Trump vs. Biden. I cannot seem to escape the discourse that surrounds whether or not Swift is overrated or if she deserved that fourth Album of the Year win. It’s so much so that I can’t seem to decide who’s worse: her haters, or her fans.
You might think, who cares? Well, the answer is me. I care.
I’ve taken it upon myself to collectively decide who is the worst group – Swift fans (I can’t bring myself to type out her fandom's name on account of the fact that I am in my 20’s) or Taylor Swift haters.
I’ll begin by examining Swift herself. In my professional opinion, she makes good music. I understand where her fans are coming from when they tout her lyrics, a significant portion of her songs are very well written.
When haters combat her songwriting ability, I question their intentions. See, it’s fine not to think an artist makes good music, but when I see the haters zone in on this, it’s often hidden behind a general misogyny. “Taylor Swift only writes songs about her exes” and ”Taylor Swift is overrated” are two of several critiques I’ve heard of her.
Reducing a woman’s entire discography to breakup music when that simply isn’t the case is grossly misinformed. So what if every single one of her songs was about a boy?
Music is an art, an outlet, and there’s nothing wrong with expressing your boy problems in songs. It’s hating on women for having feelings — and it’s why I think the haters lose in this category.
On top of that, I can’t think of a more unintelligent critique of music than “overrated.” Music, regardless of how bad you think it is, is an art. If it doesn’t connect with you, or you think it's the worst thing on the planet that’s totally understood, but to suggest that your taste in music is so superior that you are able to determine whether an artist is incorrectly rated by the general public indicates a serious ego problem (also, it’s 2023, thinking Swift is overrated is not a profound opinion, stop declaring it like it's some world-shattering view).