Remember how the “old Taylor Swift” is dead? Yeah, it seems like she’s been resurrected.
“It will be across multiple songs, somewhat cryptically, but also obvious.”
Feuds? Revenge? Yeah, that’s pretty much old Taylor’s bread and butter.
We all know Swift has built her reputation with songs about ex-boyfriends and ex-friends. She loves to take the smallest slight and blow it out of proportion for publicity’s sake. What started with sweet love songs (“Teardrops on My Guitar”) has turned into revenge songs masked as female-empowerment anthems.
Don’t believe me? Look no further than her two last albums Red and 1989. She clearly hinted that “I Knew You Were Trouble” was a shot at ex Harry Styles (despite the dates not matching up) and then she tried to embarrass at award shows.
And her song Bad Blood was, as we all know, a straight up dig at Katy Perry, who supposedly stole her backup dancer back in the day.
But all of that drama went down more than three years ago. Taylor Swift is now 27 years old. And frankly, it’s time she grows the fuck up. Harboring a grudge over a stolen backup dancer that happened years ago? Come on. Isn’t this all getting a little too high school?
“Look What You Made Me Do” was supposed to be Taylor’s new era. She even wiped her entire social presence clean to show that it was a new Taylor. But all I see is the same old, petty Taylor, which is so 2013.
It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to a new Taylor Swift. Perhaps a Taylor 2.0 who used her role model status to teach girls that they don’t need a man or that they should stand up for what’s right. Taylor has a league of Swifties who admire her and wish to be like her. I would love to see her show women that girl-on-girl hate is just not cool. I would love for her to show them that revenge is not only overrated but flat-out immature.
Taylor has such an amazing platform and she is completely blowing it. And if Taylor Swift can’t move on, then I’m going to have to.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.