Taylor Swift, the twee yodeling love child of Vintage Barbie and a grown up Huckleberry Pie, recently did an interview with the Jules, Merrick and Sophie radio show in Australia and Sophie Monk (Never 4get Bardot) asked her what she thinks about critics saying that she only writes songs about dudes she’s dated. Tay Tay of Green Gables stamped that criticism with the VERY SEXIST label and said that haters gonna hate hate hate on her songs about ex-pieces, but yet the likes of jolly ginger Hobbit Ed Sheeran and grenade catcher Bruno Mars never get any shit thrown at them for writing songs about their ex pieces.
Tay Tay and Sophie’s talk about the sexist haters went like this:
Sophie: How do you feel when people say you write about boyfriends?
Tay: It’s interesting, because I think as a songwriter your fans have been keeping up with your music since before you were known. My first album came out when I was 16. I would write about my life, as I saw it, as I felt it. Then what happens is as you get more successful, which you’re lucky if that happens, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing and you’ve been doing it the same way your entire career as a songwriter. But all of a sudden the perspective has changed and they use you writing songs about your life as a way to play detective. For me, I have a really strict personal policy that I never name names. So anybody saying that a song is about a specific person is purely speculating. And they’re going to do that. But the most important thing to me is mainting artistic integrity, which means as a songwriter I still continue to write about my life. I could very well water it down and I could just say, “The sky is blue and now we’re dancing and now we’re in a club and it’s great.” (Side note: I’m pretty sure those are exact lyrics from Shake It Off.)
Sophie: People can sense honesty. You can tell in your music-
Tay: You’re going to have people see the depth from which you’ve approached a song. The fact that you put your real emotions into it and that’s valuable and that’s good and that’s real. And then you’re going to have people who are going to say, “Oh she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.” Frankly, that’s a very sexist angle to take. Nobody says that about Ed Sheeran. Nobody says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love-life, and no one raises a red flag there.
Well, I’m pretty sure the piece Bruno Mars wrote “Grenade” about raised a red flag, because she’s pissed that he never actually caught a grenade for her and his hands are as pristinely beautiful as ever because he never put them on a blade for ha.
Taylor really said “play detective.” She’s the one who turned everyone into a regular Detective La Toya by putting a magnifying glass in our hands. Yes, every songwriter writes songs about their exes, but not every songwriter turns the speculation about who that song is about into a game. Taylor set up the board, handed out the playing cards, rolled the dice first and turned into a giant game of Clue by dropping clues in the liner notes and during interviews. Tay Tay writes a song with clues in it, hos write entire blog posts about who that song is about, the song goes to #1 and she makes millions from it. Rinse and repeat. Ta Tay, don’t hate the player, hate the game, which you started.
Besides, now that Taylor is done with country shit and is a full-on pop star, she shouldn’t be writing songs about exes anymore. She should be using all of her frequent flier miles in her lyrics by writing songs about how she’s partying from London to Ibiza, Miami to La Puente, Fargo to Warsaw, etc.. etc… Or she should just write songs about how much she loves (insert name of city with a lot of sports teams that will play her song at every game). Oh, she already got that memo: