History may be repeating itself, Taylor Nation.
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who hates having to address scandals that include Miss Swift’s name but had little to nothing to do with her, we’re going to try to make this short. I’ll post something nice later to make you forget the bad taste.
According to Billboard, the rapper whose name I often forget, has a new song with a rap lyric that goes: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” The article also states Taylor’s rep countered: “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, “I made that bitch famous.’”
That’s it in a nutshell. Yes, it’s a cry for attention based on shock value. It’s what he does and it’s sadly not a surprise. I want to move past the personal affront and look into the wrong message that is sending to everyone.
What can we learn from this? Well, it seems like such an old lesson that bringing it up feels obvious to the extreme. Was it really necessary for a male artist (and I’m aware the term ‘artist’ is questionable at this point) to just assume that a female artist’s level of fame is due to a tantrum he once made? Furthermore, isn’t it incredibly misogynistic to infer, whether in jest or for shock value, that a woman that has attained a level of success owes you anything – much less a random sexual encounter, as if sexual intimacy was some sort of coin?
I’m aware that there’s a lot of misogynistic messages in a lot of artists’ music. I’m also aware that there’s worse that doesn’t get called out and there’s times we’re concerned with a lot less. I just wish we stopped idolizing artists to the stature of gods and tone down on celebrity worship. For your own sake, please don’t buy into artistry that treats women like crap. Until there’s a better way, the only way to send a message is to stop buying what they’re selling.
The 58th GRAMMY awards are this Monday, February 15.
Coming up in the Calendar:
- February 15: It’s the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”. Taylor Swift IS performing!