Taylor Swift media misconceptions proven untrue by GCHS students

Marissa Payne, Coppyeditor

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Since the early days of her music career, pop icon Taylor Swift has been criticized for writing songs about love and heartbreak. With the release of her latest album, “1989,” and specifically its second single “Blank Space,” Swift’s music has become her weapon in showing critics that she isn’t fazed by their judgment of her relationships.

Many dismiss Swift for writing about her former loves and relationships gone wrong, but her fans think it’s simply human nature to write about those subjects.

“I’ve heard a lot of the cliché, ‘Oh, don’t get her mad, she’ll write a song about you. She only writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,’” said senior Angelina Longo.

If Swift was a male musician, it’s possible that the media would be less eager to stereotype her as the “psychotic ex-girlfriend.”

“There’s a lot of guy artists who write about [heartbreak] too, but no one says anything,” said sophomore Elizabeth Aho. “When she writes about [love], that’s what she’s known for. No one really notices when a male singer does it.”

By portraying Swift in a sexist way, the media influences its audience to dislike Swift’s personality and her music.

“I think that the media [portrays] a really sexist view of her, and I think that made people feel like they have to be against her and that it’s the cool thing to bash her and not like her music,” said Longo.

When people judge Swift by what they hear on the radio or read in magazines, they don’t see her other contributions to the world and thus miss out on music that they could find relatable.

“She’s a really good person, but people don’t see that if they just focus on how the media portrays her,” said Aho. “If [people] don’t focus on that portrayal, they’d probably like her more because of how good of a person she is, and she does a lot of charity work.”

Although the media may fail to see the true Taylor Swift, she continues to love freely and make music without listening to the opinions of those who are against her.

“In the chorus of ‘Blank Space,’ she’s saying everyone says all these bad things about her, but they must secretly love hearing about her, which is shown by the lyrics ‘and you love the game,’” said junior Ravyn Pfeifer. “She’s kind of laughing in haters’ faces because she has a positive view of herself.”

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Taylor Swift media misconceptions proven untrue by GCHS students