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)