Monday, July 25, 2016
Thoughts on the Taylor/Kimye Feud
As the dust continues to settle after the latest round in the Taylor Swift/Kanye West/Kim Kardashian kerfuffle, things are looking downright fierce and dangerous out there.
By now, we've all heard the he said/she said/no, she really did say it saga that will no doubt go down in Hollywood history as one of the greatest tales ever told (or spun by a publicist, depending on your personal bent): Kanye released a not-so-nice song with some very-not-nice lyrics in which he, umm, gave a "shout-out" to Taylor. Taylor fires back with a shout-out of her own, saying she never heard the song and was never given the opportunity to approve the lyrics. Kim Snapchat-bombs a series of videos that show Kanye and Taylor talking on the phone about the song in question prior to its release.
All this bad blood (see what I did there?) is freaking everyone out. There are tweets and hashtags and blog posts and memes and magazine covers. Oh my! This week's Us Weekly is even declaring "It's War." This whole thing has become a cultural epidemic, I tell you, and everyone seems to have an opinion. You're either Team Taylor or Team Kimye.
Now, you had to have known I was going to write about this. What kind of self-proclaimed pop culture aficionado would I be if I didn't? Answer: A pretty lousy one! You probably even think you know whose side I'd choose based on my Taylor Swift Mega Super Fan status, but I'm a journalist by trade, remember? I can be objective about things. And this, my friends, is one of those things.
Let me just break it down for you: I'm Switzerland here. I know everyone is taking sides, but I'm not going to be throwing my hat in that ring any time soon. Because, let's be honest here, OK? Not one person involved in this mess is innocent. Both Taylor AND Kimye are at fault here.
Whew, there I said it. What a relief to finally get that burden off my chest.
Anyway, the way I see it, Taylor had zero reason to lie. Trust is a hard thing to come by and once it's gone -- POOF! It's gone. Forever. T-Swift is a girl who has always prided herself on her relationship with her fans, and she done them wrong -- something I would never do, as I'm sure you can imagine. There's something incredibly off-putting about being so disingenuous. Taylor should take the advice she's been doling out all these years and just be herself. BE REAL. You earn a lot more respect that way, you know?
Kimye? Oh, this is one big hot mess of wrong too. I may be in the minority here, but I've always respected the Kardashians for their hard work and business savvy. I gave them their props because, despite what people would say about them, THEY WORKED IT and got you-know-what done. But there's no denying the pure shadiness of Kim's move. Yeah, so you've got the phone call on tape (which in itself is just weird and bordering pretty high on the Paranoid Meter), but what exactly did she hope to accomplish by releasing said tape? What was the point? It just made her loom petty, vindictive and immature. Surely she's busy enough with her empire that she shouldn't have to resort to these low blows.
Really, the more I thought about it, the more I began to wonder: What is all this really about? This need to sabotage and cut other women down? All for what?
I suppose it's similar to the Myth of the Mean Girl that I was talking about a couple weeks ago.
In the end, you may get yourself heard and have all eyes on you, but guess what? You're going to look like a damn fool doing it. I don't know about you, but I don't have any time or energy to waste on that.
Thoughts??? Whose side are you on? These choices need to be made, people! xoxo