If Taylor Swift Thinks She’s The Only Person Being Criticized On The Internet, She’s Clearly Never Been On It

Taylor Swift Glamour magazine March 2014

Has Taylor Swift’s request to have her name legally changed to Poor Thing kicked in yet? I’m just assuming that’s her goal, since every interview I read from her features at least one quote where she plays the victim. Take, for instance, this new interview for the March 2014 issue of Glamour. In addition to saying some creepy things about dating and relationships, Taylor also discusses reading (or more specifically not reading) about herself on the Internet. I’ll break down her thoughts for you, because there are a few strange things to address.

She starts off by explaining how she’s trained herself not to click on certain articles:

“I know when not to read an article. Is it going to help my day? Is it important for my life? If the answer is no, then I just don’t click….”

Okay, that’s fine. Nobody should force her to read about herself. As much as Taylor irks me, I would never support any kind of Clockwork Orange style set up wherein her eyes are held open while various blog posts flash before her eyes. (Don’t ask me how I thought of that.) And Taylor admits she doesn’t have a thick skin, but it turns out that was a conscious decision on her part:

“I’m careful about getting sucked into the rabbit hole that is the Internet because, as a songwriter, I don’t have the option of having thick skin. As a writer you have to be open to everything, and that includes pain, rejection, self-doubt, fear. I deal with that enough on my own.”

Wait, what? So it’s impossible to have feelings and be vulnerable if you don’t happen to take Internet comments to heart? And thick skin is something you can just make yourself have or not have depending on your profession? Who what where when why is this suddenly a rule, according to Taylor?

But the real kicker is when she explains just how cruel a place the Internet can be… if you’re Taylor Swift, that is:

“If you look hard enough, you could find somebody on the Internet criticizing every single thing about you. If you’re me.”

…or if you’re most people. Notice that she uses the second-person perspective throughout the whole beginning of that thought and then remembers she’s the only victim in every situation and quickly adds that “you” actually just refers to her. Plus, if we’re playing along with “you” being Taylor, you don’t have to look hard at all to find criticism. Just google “Taylor Swift” and there it all is — a criticism buffet.

One could argue that what Taylor actually means by that last comment is “if you’re someone like me,” which opens up a whole world of possibilities. If you’re famous, if you’re talented, if you’re rich, if you’re well-loved, if you’re pretty, if people are jealous of you. But you don’t have to be even remotely like her to read mean stuff about yourself online. That’s pretty much all the Internet is. It’s just people criticizing other people with a few cat videos here and there. It’s too bad Taylor avoids it so much; she’d really love those cat videos.

(Image: Patrick Demarchelier/Glamour)

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    • AlarTruve

      To be fair she does get bullied a lot by the media. Its strange that this confessional songwriting thing is especially irksome when its done by a woman. I do not recall Bob Dylan getting any crap for the same thing. He was praised and put on a pedestal for his art and courage. in Taylor`s case the media has gone so far that they have painted her a complete nut who dates 150 guys in a week and writes revenge songs about every single one of them. I can see how this can start to annoy you. But nothing she can do. Freedom of speech and magic words like supposedly, allegedly will give gossip the power to talk lies as much as they want.

    • Annalise

      Gosh you’re probably sick. Mental through and through, since thats the only explanation for you misunderstanding her words so much. Don’t youngest it? You’re proving her right through and through by this little hate piece of somebody out there beating you down nobmatterbwhat. You pathetic ferret-y pitiful hag.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        If you think this is a hate piece, you should re-read your own comment. That’s not an acceptable way to speak to anyone.

      • Annalise

        And the way you speak about people who do not pander to your standards for such a long time while claiming ng the high horse is? Hypocrite..

      • Alexis Rhiannon


      • Josie

        Name calling is never ok, but she is right to call you (Starcasm) out. You girls have a handful of people you pick on all the time. No matter what the story is about, you find a way to twist it into mean internet bullying. And if you don’t actually hate the stars you pick on, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, Joe Jonas just to name a few, then double shame on you because it proves you do what you do just to be mean and create a controversial piece.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Just want to make sure you have all the facts before you make a statement saying we pick on Taylor Swift in every article we write about her.


        That was written yesterday.

      • Josie

        I stand corrected. How about I change it to the “vast majority” of articles? That doesn’t really change the point of my comment. You are in the business of Internet bullying.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I think it actually does change the point of your comment, given that you said “No matter what the story is about, you find a way to twist it into mean internet bullying,” and that’s not accurate.

        And aside from that, we’re actually in the business of pop culture and entertainment news-blogging. But only because internet bullying didn’t pay very well.

      • Josie

        Keep telling yourself that, Alexis. Of course you girls will say whatever you must to justify the things you write. To take a story about a young woman’s interview in which she says she avoids reading things on the internet (because of bullies like you) and turn it into an article with adjectives like strange and creepy is manipulative bullying. If this is what you at Starcasm do, then at least own it.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Just so you’re aware, the name of our website isn’t Starcasm. Sorry to disappoint.

      • Josie

        Yes, you’re right. I should be ashamed. Starcasm is great! I can’t believe I muddied their name. So sorry Starcasm! To clear the record, your reports are entertaining and unbiased (see it is possible to do both). I meant to say…..uh, what’s this site called again?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I have no idea. Let me know when you find out, because I need to get business cards made.

      • Kacie

        You wrote three articles about taylor just from the Grammy’s. about her getting into her music and head banging, which all singers have something they do while singing. Hence, John Mayer and his facial expressions, beyonce trying to dance too hard so she makes horrible grunting faces, Lorde who really gets into the music by twisting and jolting, taylor is NOT the only one. Why don’t you write about them? About actually Miley Cyrus used to do all that head banging too before she went ghetto and not a word was ever heard about her. Demi head bangs. Again, she’s not the only one. Then, you write an article about taylor thinking she won for album of the year. That doesn’t make her look like she deserved it. She was surprised then immediately starting clapping for the other people who clearly didn’t deserve it. Red broke many records and anybody in that category was better than daft punk or whatever. Anyways, and you’re rote about her dancing at the granny’s because she wanted attention?!? So, that’s another way of bullying. Why don’t you talk about beyonce? Write an article about her? Cause she was dancing? Or no, the media is only out to bring taylor down so everyone is only going to focus on taylor. Anybody that is new, once they’ve been out for so long, they’ll praise you them try to bring you down. That’s all the media is. ❤

      • Kacie

        And I meant that doesn’t make her look like she thinks she deserved the award. And she started clapping for the people that won. Her scared thinking that she won shouldn’t have even made headlines. I see that all the time with other singers at awards shows. Never once have I seen it in tabloids besides her.

    • Jackie

      If crushable writers were feminists, they would provide concrete tree reasons for hating on her instead of sticking behind the shes boy crazy. Don’t you get it? It’s a choice. It’s her choice that se wants to be boy crazy, that she wants to write about love. Artists have done that in the past and will continue doing that in the future. Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, David bowie, Adele. But just because a particular artists caters to a younger age group, she becomes a self victimizing boy crazy ingenue? Now THATS sexist. I think her decision to write songs from personal experiences should be celebrated instead of looked down upon. There’s a reason why so many people love her, many feminists like Lorde and Lena Dunham love her. Also, she merely claimed that she doesn’t like reading about herself because of articles that are ultimately gonna bring her down, and tour wrote about that in an article that’s gonna bring her down. The irony!!

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Please direct me to the part of this post where I call her boy crazy.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        This is actually an excellent point, Jill — please make sure you use concrete tree reasons in the future, as bush reasons do not hold up in the court of opinion.

      • CMJ

        Dear God in heaven, please do not compare Taylor Swift’s love musings to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, and Adele.

      • AlarTruve

        Taylor Swift is a better songwriter than Adele. And that is a fact not opinion. Check out Metacritic for proof.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh boy.

      • BeanieStyles

        Please tell me you’re joking

      • Jenny

        Someday, you’ll get it. :)

      • CMJ

        Oh honey, bless your heart.

    • Kacie

      She’s talking about how her every move is criticized. Many stars dance at awards shows, but her dancing always ends up in headlines. Why? She’s just dancing. But she’s speaking of when people CLAIM she’s trying to draw attention to herself. She’s always danced at shows. She has fun. Forgive her for being a 24 year old. When they’re supposed to strap her back in her seat and she’s supposed to come off as lifeless. And if she did that every one would speak about her being boring and up tight. That’s how it will always be. And it’s true. Katy perry, Rihanna, they all sing about men. So why is taylor the only one? I seen her point and that’s all she’s simply saying is she does the same thing as others yet they only see her doing it. What about Miley Cyrus’ interview recently talking about how she doesn’t love kids and being hypocrite about kids don’t know respect these days? Like she has respect for anybody? And bleaching her eye brows? Why isn’t no one talking trash about her. Yet, taylor is just speaking about how she feels being criticized more than others and that also makes headlines! I’m tired of Rihanna being able to sing all about Chris Brown and wanting him back but no one says anything about how stupid that is. That’s how the world is today. That’s how society is. Many times taylor says she’s misunderstood. Ed sheeran says that, Selena says that. But no one will ever believe it. Why is she a slut when Harry styles as been with so many people. More than taylor has. That’s unfair. But, let the people talk because they have nothing else better to do :)

      • cori

        People here talk about how sad stupid the whole rihanna/chris brown situation all the time. Read more than one article, you’ll see.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        We also talked about Miley bleaching her eyebrows and a ton of the other stuff you mentioned, so feel free to peruse our catalogue.

    • Kacie

      Autocorrect: GRAMMY’S.

    • Kelly D.

      Some of you Taylor fans sound crazy on here. Yes, it’s been established time and time again Crushable and its staff has a strong anti-Taylor opinion. But if you call them names in your comments in defense of Taylor, how do you think that makes you look?

      If you’re looking for some non-biased celeb gossip, this isn’t the place AND you know it (I like Just Jared and RadarOnline). Especially if you’re a Taylor fan who is offended way too easily. The main problem I have with Crushable is that if you don’t hold the same opinions as the writers, you’re ridiculed and made fun of.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I don’t think it’s true that if you don’t hold the same opinions as us you get ridiculed — I think it’s that if you attack us or are rude, we defend ourselves.

        For example, I think what you said was very logical and rational, and I appreciate you sharing your opinion. If you’d called me an idiot or my writing horrible, I probably would have had something different to say.

    • lajya

      I don’t understand how you can twist her words to such an extent. I love your writing, but I wish you would be fair for once. These posts are usually so entertaining, but now they’re just exhausting. Even you know that she didnt mean any of those conclusions you derived from what she said, but you wrote this anyway. And let me tell you, if Beyonce or Melissa McCarthy had said the exact same thing, you probably would all be gushing over their maturity and class…

    • Dylan

      WHY does this article have so many comments again?? This is exactly what EVERY other article about Taylor Swift on crushable is about. Exactly. They’re like pests stuck in the same bog spreading stink the same way they’ve been doing since a very, very long time. I’m not defending any artists, I’m just criticizing horrible writing.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Well thanks for being here!

      • Dylan

        Uh..I’d love to say that its my pleasure, but I don’t think so.

    • Annalise

      To Jill, I’m sorry. I guess I got carried away but that’s no excuse, so I apologize. And oooh not that you have any reason to be interested, but this hurts.

      • xxxdfgf

        You pussy.

    • Justin Jacobs

      This article is a perfect example of why she doesn’t read stuff that is written about her. It takes an innocent comment and twists it to make her seem like she’s trying to say “poor me” just because the author has an obvious dislike of her.