What Don't You Like about Taylor Swift, Exactly?

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Taylor Swift is just hours away from Prince-ing Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, and people are -- well, people are conflicted about it. It isn't that individuals are conflicted -- it's just that the music fans of the Valley are, to a [wo]man, either incredibly excited or aggressively, vocally indifferent.

Taylor Swift inspires that kind of reaction wherever she goes. She'll sell out an arena twice in as many days -- fill it with tween girls and teen fans who might never have had any desire to go to a concert before -- and leave everyone inside (parents aside) convinced they've had a life-changing experience.

But even more than most pop super-superstars she inspires her detractors to talk about why they aren't interested in having her change their lives. She's the face that's launched a thousand think pieces, and luckily for you, I'm not interested in writing another one. I'm just interested in knowing this: If you don't like Taylor Swift -- if she inspires something in you other than genuine indifference -- what is it that you dislike about her?

Some options:

The music

This one is a tough sell for me. Taylor Swift's music could certainly rouse anybody's distaste for big teen-pop songs as a genre, but it doesn't seem bad, offensive, or grating enough to justify a particular disgust for Taylor Swift relative to other teen-pop stars. I guess you could harbor a particular dislike for how uplifting and self-esteem-y it is, but that hardly seems like the worst thing going in tween pop in 2013.

Full disclosure: I'm pretty into "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which is just something I'm going to have to deal with.

The boyfriends

I'm sympathetic, personally, to the revisionist idea that Taylor Swift is not really writing about exes any more than the average pop star, but that might just be because my second-favorite album is Pinkerton.

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In any case, because of her fame (and probably because she's a beautiful woman, and not Rivers Cuomo), each serial-monogamous step has been covered in unpleasant, name-naming detail by the tabloids. (The weird thing about all that coverage: It seems aimed in equal parts at people who can't get enough of it and people who profess to hate every word of it.)

I suspect this is what most people who don't like Taylor Swift don't like about Taylor Swift, but I could be wrong.

The anti-feminism (or feminism?)

Having spent three years as a graduate student in an English department, I've come to understand that "Is ______ a feminist?" is the culture-studies small-talk equivalent of "Is _____ going to win the Super Bowl this year?" People love asking it, and they love talking about it over and over, and I don't really have anything interesting to say about it.

Taylor Swift has gotten the treatment multiple times -- here's Jezebel on the "patriarchy-friendly, virginal, good, pure, feminine, pretty blonde girl that has been an American ideal for decades" -- and at this point, I think there are people out there who dislike her both for sounding like a feminist and sounding insufficiently like a feminist.

Taylor Swift is scheduled to perform tonight at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.


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Gila River Arena (formerly Jobing.com Arena)

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23 comments
Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

Who is Taylor Swift? I'm still trying to getting into the new country stars like Juice Newton. 

Linda Napikoski
Linda Napikoski

I don't think half the people who "hate" Taylor are doing anything more than repeating what someone told them, the "Oh-my-god-all-she-does-is-write-about-ex-boyfriends" talking point that someone told them to complain about. Also? News flash: songwriters write about exes. All the goddamn time. Why are we legitimately having this media conversation 100+ years after the dawn of recorded music about how fascinating/appalling/annoying/immature it is that someone writes about exes? It's like, have you people ever actually listened to other music?

Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson

She doesn't cuddle long enough after sex.

Daniel Riley
Daniel Riley

I hated Taylor Swift before it was cool.

Jenny Kuller
Jenny Kuller

Uhhhhh, because she is as useless as tits on a boar hog? And as bland as cream of wheat?

Jim La Rose
Jim La Rose

Because we're never ever getting back together :(

Eileen McConville
Eileen McConville

Can't stand her...dislike almost everything about her...the last pic I saw of her was when she was sticking her tongue out at the Bieb's kissing his girlfriend. Not that I'm a Bieb's fan, but please...she's like a spoiled child. Won't endorse any product she's pushing either. Yuck.

John Graef
John Graef

Her music isn't relevant to my life. Her audience is 12-17 year old girls.

Mark Weld
Mark Weld

That she wear enough make up for 20 girls...she has the body of a 12 year old boy and she can't sing without Auto-tune and she writes childish, immature songs about her break up...EXCLUSIVELY

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I'll take this one on....

The thing I dislike about Taylor Swift is (1) the attitude that every guy she's ever dated is to blame for screwing her and then screwing her over while she is perfect, blameless and without fault; and (2) the apparent inability to write a popular song about anything other than (1).

Taylor Swift's last song:

I loved you

You were a jerk

You screwed me over.

Taylor Swift's next song:

I loved you

You were a jerk

You screwed me over.

Enough already, we get it.

Royal Hopper
Royal Hopper

Im not 12 or stoned out of my mind so I dont think much about her at all..I mean she cute and all but hey

Brett Giles
Brett Giles

I used to like her, or at least respect her for writing her own music and having a uniquely raw voice on the country pop scene but now she's just another crossover pop star.

Carlos Andrés
Carlos Andrés

Too young, out of my league, and I don't know her personally...lol

Thomy Hoefer
Thomy Hoefer

She won't date me, break up with me and write a song about me. Thats all I have ever wanted.

TSwiftPotterVFDClan
TSwiftPotterVFDClan

That's not true. If you listen to Back To December, you will hear that the entire song is an apology for messing up a relationship. If you listen to Mean, you will hear the lines 'You have pointed out my flaws again / As if I don't already see them' --thus, Taylor says she has flaws. If you listen to The Best Day, you'll hear Taylor mention how her brother is better than her 'inside and out'. So, please, please don't believe or say that Taylor Swift thinks of herself as perfect, blameless and without fault, because it's simply not true. Taylor is humble, she says she makes mistakes, and she's a wonderful, good, kind person who really is not at all arrogant. I love her, her music and her lyrics, not just because she's incredibly talented, but because she is down to earth and nice.

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