Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Rant Of The Week: Why I Swiftly Decided To Remain A Swiftie

It's first thing on a Tuesday morning, I am sitting here staring at this empty blog post while the kettle is boiling and there is mayhem in Celebville. Has this dramatically influenced my future in any way? Doubtful. I can hear Taylor Swift's voice playing through my phone as usual, and my Instagram is probably open on one of the Kardashian's accounts. However, what also hasn't changed is the sad and disappointed feeling in my heart as I scroll through social media to see things about the end of Taylor Swift and how she has, according to some people, been exposed for who she really is. Sadly, in a society that usually fights so hard not to tear down other women, a very talented and inspiring young woman is probably at a very low point in her life as she faces backlash for moving on to a new boyfriend and for an ever ongoing feud with an already very controversial celebrity power couple.

For the record, anyone who knows me knows I LOVE both Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. When it comes to celebrities, these two are my ultimate favourites. I admire them in very different ways - Taylor for using her extraordinary talent to, in a way, expand her girl squad to millions and for rising to a height of fame purely using her music. She is the woman I turn to in times of need and when I need a good pick me up. When it comes to Kim Kardashian, scrolling through her Insta is part of my everyday social media routine and I just love keeping up with her fashion, North's antics, her extravagant life and the way she will go to the ends of the earth to defend the ones she loves - as we have seen recently with her defense of Kanye on Snapchat. It is because of this strong love of both why I find the Snapchat revelation upsetting, and downright awkward. It's like when two of your friends get into an argument and you're stuck in the middle weighing up both sides of the argument but really wishing you had a time machine to go back and stop one of their current husbands storming on stage during the other one's VMA speech in 2009. I think we've all been there.

I was going to comment on the Katy Perry and Calvin Harris saga, but after this Kimye situation has now taken over the internet instead I feel that has quickly been forgotten. I'm sure we all have a Katy Perry - that one girl you just don't get along with and haven't for years. And as for Calvin Harris, how many people have completely healthy friendships with an ex after a break-up? There was always going to be issues there as Taylor moves on, which she has the right to do. I don't know the full details of any of those relationships because none of us do.

For a moment though, can we remove ourselves from the fame and money filled celebrity bubble? Can we imagine that this is an argument happening between normal people? Wouldn't we consider terms such as 'RIP Taylor Swift' and snake emoji's under all of their photos as bullying? Can't anyone see how this would affect her mental health? Don't people realise we actually know nothing about the truth of what has happened? And where have Kim and Kanye's huge army army suddenly risen from? The pit the media is trying to push Taylor Swift into? For a moment, please think about how sick you are of seeing stories about it on your newsfeed, now imagine you are Taylor scrolling through all of these - being told your career is over, your image is destroyed forever, your group of friends aren't as great as they seem and having people trying to snatch your crown as America's Sweetheart from your head all because of an argument over a song many of us knew nothing about months/years earlier. Sorry, Kanye!

This won't be an issue for everyone though, lots of people have no interest in celebrity gossip, and if you're with Taylor for her music you're staying with her. I have been to two Taylor Swift concerts in my lifetime, I have seen the masses and masses of crowds travelling from near and far to see this woman in person. So if you're trying to tell me that 85 million Instagram and 79 million Twitter followers later that this is the end of this ladies career, I can tell you that you have never been more wrong. Even if these millions of people decided to give up on her, she still has my support and the support of her friends behind her, so her career is still very much alive!

It's time to get the snake emoji out of your recents, stop complaining about her fourth of July pictures, stop pretending you're a hardcore Kimye fan, stop pretending the cause of their argument dramatically affected your life and realise that somewhere in the world there is probably a very talented, powerful, 26-year old woman crying to Tom Hiddleston because of an uncontrollable mass of cyber bullying. At least Taylor's squad all support and empower each other, whether you love them or hate them you can't deny their loyalty. If you're attending the #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty today, don't try and change your mind tomorrow after you've already had the party bag and made your opinion known just because you need something new to write about.

I know I don't know what really happened, but in reality none of us ever will. There are questions that have been left unanswered and of course there are fans that have been left disappointed and confused. However, as respectable people of the world we all need to open our eyes and realise that whether you are on Taylor's side or not, whether she was lying or not, whether the Kardashians dislike her or not, trying to turn an entire world against one woman isn't the world we need to be living in. Surely we have faced worse villains in our time, right?


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