About a year after Kanye West unintentionally made her infamous at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, singer Taylor Swift released a response to him and all her other naysayers with the tune, "Mean."
"Someday I'll be living in a big ole cityAnd all you're ever gonna be is meanSomeday I'll be big enough so you can't hit meAnd all you're ever gonna be is meanWhy you gotta be so mean?"The edgy, yet simplistic, song was the first real show of the more contentious side of Swift; a persona that wasn't afraid to lash out at those who had wronged her, albeit through the image of being "America's sweetheart." It is an act that she has played out time and time again in the media as she has transformed from a country darling to a full-on pop diva, and well beyond that point, but for the first time in a long while, there is someone who isn't afraid to call out the wolf in sheep's clothing: Swift's former boyfriend, Calvin Harris.
After it was somehow revealed on Tuesday that the "Shake It Off" diva had a hand in writing the Scottish DJ's Rihanna-collaborated hit, "This Is What You Came For," the 32-year-old dance man fired back at his ex-girlfriend, who is now openly dating Thor star Tom Hiddleston, on Twitter.
"[It's] hurtful to me that [Swift] and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make me look bad at this stage," he expressed, as noted here on the Inquisitr. "I figure [that] if you're happy in your new relationship, you [would] focus on that instead of trying to tear your [ex-boyfriend] down."
Harris then took things a step further; possibly to eliminate talk of him being jealous, by bringing up an old grievance between Swift and Katy Perry, which began after Perry hired a former backup dancer of Swift's for her Prismatic World Tour.Although seemingly a non-factor in this particular argument, Harris' public reminder of the spat, which ultimately led to Swift recording the song, "Bad Blood," for her 1989 album, does bring up a surprisingly ignored point. Swift has been repeatedly gotten away with tossing people under the bus for her own gain. And no, the argument of feminism, which she heavily relies on to get away with such actions, is not a factor in any of it.
The best show of this problem is probably best displayed in most of her hit songs; specifically, the ones that are written following her well-publicized relationships with several male members of the young Hollywood elite. Despite these pairings all meeting an end, not one of her suitors; be it Harris, One Direction's Harry Styles, Twilight star Taylor Lautner, or even John Mayer, have ever expressed a negative thought about her in the media, whether it be through interviews or songs (Styles and Mayer did pen tunes following ones that were released by Swift, however). For some reason, Swift can never seem to keep these intimate details to herself, and instead, shares them with her "Swifties" through tracks such as "Out of The Woods" and "Back To December," which then go on to become big hits.It would be one thing if any of these men badmouthed her first and Swift countered back, but no one ever seems to question her reasoning for being the only of her former pairs to (initially) air dirty laundry. And, once again, no; the argument of "men demean women all of the time" isn't fair to use in such an instance, especially when the aforementioned men haven't specifically been that way toward Taylor. Feminism isn't just about treating men the way they treat women. It's about knowing your power as a woman, and understanding that everyone -- men, women, or non-binaries -- deserves to be treated with equal amounts of respect.
But then again, it's not just men that Taylor has blatantly disrespected. On top of the ridiculous Katy Perry battle, Swift once went after Nicki Minaj for a rant that wasn't even targeted toward her. When the "Anaconda" diva felt slighted over a Video of The Year nomination omission at the 2015 MTV VMAs, Swift took aim at the rapper and fired off a shot through Twitter.Taylor eventually apologized once she learned that Nicki was speaking on an issue of race, and not the music video for "Bad Blood" (which, ironically, did win Video of The Year during the ceremony), but it's something she had no place to begin with.There's also the shaky matter of her former friendship with Demi Lovato, which either ended due to either Swift becoming incredibly close with Lovato's former BFF, Selena Gomez, or a picture the "Cool for The Summer" singer took with one of Taylor's known enemies, model Hailey Baldwin. Whatever the actual reason, Swift's shut-out of Lovato, who once complimented Swift to MTV as being "one of the few people I've maintained a friendship with in this industry," is both immature and sadly, influential, as it was rumored on the Inquisitr that the entirety of Swift's "squad" was forced to unfollow Lovato on Instagram in order to appease Taylor.
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