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Taylor Swift and the problematic things we ignore about pop culture

Introduction

Among her toxic fans, Taylor Swift can do no wrong. And to the layperson, she and other pop stars are all business as usual. If any of that describes you, this post isn’t for you.

This article is for the more intelligent and mature people trying to crack the code of celebrity culture, specifically the pervasive narcissism they only help contribute to the world.

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Who Is Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music.

She signed with Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. The release of Swift’s self-titled debut album established her as a country music star.

“Our Song,” her third single, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. She received widespread recognition with her first eponymous studio album (2006), which topped the Billboard 200 charts and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Problematic things about Taylor Swift everyone seems to ignore

Let’s start with Taylor Swift’s main problem. It’s called narcissistic personality disorder. In other words, she is always singularly focused on herself. More importantly, when she is promoting some activism or helping someone, she isn’t doing it for them. The only times she will help anyone is if there’s an opportunity for good press.

Taylor Swift won’t speak out about anything unless she has strength in numbers. She’s not even close to being the person she tries to appear to be. Behind all of her projections lies a fragile and self-defeating individual. Here are some more tricky things about Taylor Swift:

  • She left America and basically turned her whole back on The United States
  • Taylor Swift goes after weak men of mediocrity (so she can control them)
  • The word no, or any criticism will be met with her brand of narcisstic rage
  • Her parents divorced, indicating a turbulent childhood (possibly trauma)

If you take away Taylor Swift’s money, fame, stylist, and squad, nobody would bat an eye at her when she walked down the street. I’m not saying she has no redeemable qualities; all I’m saying is she is what happens when you take an average girl and build her up with the common false ideas in celebrity culture.

Asking more of pop stars like Taylor Swift

Asking more people who have some influence (even if it’s illusionary) is the whole point. Our culture treats celebrities like they are above reproach, and it’s like I’m the only one asking, why? It’s a question that haunts me to this day.

I understand how bias affects a person’s decision-making ability. But most cases of individual preference don’t have such broad ramifications. I mean that the illusions of celebrity culture and narcissism are doing much damage in the real world.

Once we identify people like celebrities, we associate them with the ‘perfect life’ they lead. We then compare ourselves to their lifestyles, and most of us come up short. It’s a never-ending trap of feeling inferior and less than.

Taylor Swift and inferiority complexes

Being inferior is a matter of perspective, but everyone would agree feeling inferior is highly damaging. So the question becomes, why are people putting themselves through this? If you go on social media sites like Instagram and Tiktok, everyone is all about positivity. It’s like all of these people feel inferior, but they will put a mask on instead of dealing with the inevitable digital life misery.

We’re all just flipping like a coin toss. And the only way to have some natural balance in our lives is to turn against other people’s illusions. So the next time you think of celebrities or influencers, remember they are human like you. Moreover, celebs do not have any natural advantages over you.

The perfect life doesn’t exist, and if it does, it’s not on Instagram.

Other Problematic Pop-Stars

Who else besides Taylor Swift could do more with their influence? Allow me to share the list of celebrities not meeting their true potential.

Dove Cameron

Dove Cameron is an American actress and singer. She became internationally known for playing the role of Liv Rooney in the Disney Channel television show Liv and Maddie.

Why She’s problematic:

  • She acts all bubbly and cute, which contradicts her troublesome history
  • Her recent antics could be considered queer baiting
  • Everyone ignores her really odd tweets and fanbase

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She released her debut album, The Fame, in 2008 and followed it up with The Fame Monster in 2009. Her third album, Born This Way, was released in 2011, and she also founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2012.

Why She’s problematic:

  • Her art and lyrical content seem borderline sinister
  • She’s looked up to by millions of kids, but her personal behavior is hardly role model material
  • As a veteran of the music industry she shouldn’t be sitting in the backseat anymore

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa is a 22-year-old singer. Dua Lipa started her career by releasing her first single, “New Love,” in 2013. The song got released under the guidance of Warner Music Group and its sub-label Roc Nation.

Why She’s problematic:

  • Her rise to stardom seemed to happen pretty fast, and came from out of nowhere
  • She doesn’t seem friendly, and is always partying somewhere
  • Her ego is out of this world, especially for a newbie

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid is a supermodel and an actress. She has been in many television programs such as “The Real Full House.” She also appeared in the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.”

Why She’s problematic:

  • Her high profile relationship and pregnancy are distracting fluff
  • She has one of the shadiest fathers around
  • Last I checked she was still banned from entering China

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid is a model and social media star. She was born to Palestinian parents who immigrated to the United States in the 1980s. At the age of nine, she began to take modeling courses.

Why She’s problematic:

  • She’s always either hot or cold with the public
  • She has one of the shadiest fathers around
  • Her relationships with older men are questionable

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is a singer and actress. She has starred in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place and films such as Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo, and Hotel Transylvania. She currently has seven platinum and three gold records.

Why She’s problematic:

  • She was a disney child star, and that’s always problematic
  • She has been accused of cultural appropriation for wearing a traditional qipao
  • She doesn’t seem to work on proper self-care and has claimed that she does not find eating disorders something worth identifying with

Conclusion

Taylor Swift is a microcosm of the issues our species must tackle, issues like pushing back against narcissism and unbalanced power dynamics.

I like pop stars and celebrities as much as the next person. Especially when they are involved in some activism. So this isn’t about trying to be negative; it’s about highlighting how we can all do more to make the world more amazing. Let’s use these examples to move forward and honestly with ourselves.

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