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. Weird. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not dissing education centers or the students who go there. I’m dissing Taylor Swift’s involvement and influence on country music AND education. 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. Not “country music sensation,” not even “beautiful pixie and perpetual romantic victim.” Pop star. 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. 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.” 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. 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. I recommend adding a Feminism 101 class to the curriculum, preferably with guest lecturer Lorde.