I’m not sure what strikes me as more absurd: the fact that Taylor Swift has an actual education center named after her, or the fact that she only received this honor because country music still feels a need to honor her even though she’s a pop star. Â Weird. Â Don’t get me wrong. I’m not dissing education centers or the students who go there. Â I’m dissing Taylor Swift’s involvement and influence on country music AND education. Â Just so we’re clear.
To further validate my thoughts, here is a direct quote from HuffPo:
The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday.
They laid it all out there in the first three words: THE POP STAR. Â Not “country music sensation,” not even “beautiful pixie and perpetual romantic victim.” Â Pop star. Â Because that’s what she is and to argue otherwise, at this exact point in her career, is ridiculous. So is the fact that a 23-year-old pop singer has an educational center named for her. Â What, pray tell, has Taylor Swift contributed so nobly to the world of country music lately that students will learn in a school bearing her name? She’s popular, she’s pretty, and she sings a song called “Tim McGraw.” Â That’s about all I can come up with.
Also, in every article I read about this there was no mention about this school being accessible to everyone, regardless of finances and backgrounds. I will eat my hat (and a side of crow, preferably seasoned and deep-fried) if this musical education center opened its doors to everyone, not just upper-middle class white kids (like Taylor was) who can afford its tuition. Â I’m making assumptions here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the price of attending the Taylor Swift Education Center was higher than the number of doilies and kitty calendars Taylor Swift has ever owned. Â I recommend adding a Feminism 101 classÂ to the curriculum, preferably with guest lecturer Lorde.