this is a quote from a guardian article called “Taylor Swift is hating on hipsters, but will it only make them love her more?”
it’s bizarre to see such a petty, cheap, sexist, dismissive article about taylor swift appear in the guardian, because they were responsible for one of my favorite profiles of her, done by alex macpherson around the time of red’s release. i guess every action is followed by an equal and opposite reaction.
like, first of all, literally THE ONLY example of “hipsters flocking” to swift’s music given in the article is the taylor swift cover i made for claire’s birthday. please find me other examples of people in our sphere, if that’s what they’re attempting to refer to with the word “hipster”, being into taylor swift, because i’m not seeing it. like, even putting aside the extremely problematic notion that i can be used as an accurate barometer of what hipsters like in 2013, there are no other examples i’m aware of. there is no pitchfork best new music review of the taylor swift album. me covering one of her songs was met with just as much confusion by the sites that cover my music as it would have if it had been covered by the sites that cover hers. there is no widespread hipster taylor swift fandom. the entire premise of this stupid article is completely faulty.
second of all, the reason why i like taylor swift is because her music is really, really good. like, suggesting that she’s interchangeable with “the pink-haired one from little mix” just because they’re both young women that appear somewhere on the pop charts is unfairly dismissive of her accomplishments as an artist. like, it is incredibly frustrating to read an entire article somebody wrote about trying to figure out why i like that taylor swift song so much that barely even gives lip service to the idea that it might just be a really good song that i have an actual emotional connection to. like, this article consists of someone listing off as many reasons as they can think of for why someone like me would appreciate taylor swift besides the really glaringly obvious reason that me and most of the other 10 million people on earth like her music: because it’s great
like, the line in WANEGBT about the guy finding solace in an indie record that’s much cooler than hers, that’s an indictment of people who care more about music’s positioning than it’s quality or their emotional connection to it. all of taylor swift’s anti-hipster statements on red aren’t calling out people for making weird or avant-garde music, they’re calling out people who care more about the social consequences of liking a piece of music than the music itself. i don’t have any problem with any of those lyrics, because i know she’s not talking about me. she’s talking about people like the person who wrote this article, and i’m just as infuriated by them as she is