Taylor Swift Is Destroying America

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What was that about short skirts?

​Taylor Swift is that skinny girl who's always whining about how fat she is.

She claims to be the nerd that you're likely to overlook. And she'll tell you she's the sweetheart who gets taken advantage of by Big, Bad Men ("Don't you think nineteen's too young/ To be played/ By your dark, twisted games," cries the poor movie-star-dating innocent). And, OMG, Kanye hurt her feelings so bad she had to write a song about how she forgave his sorry "Single Ladies"-loving ass! She's a perpetual pity party.

And that attitude, dear readers, is destroying America. It's not the only thing, mind you -- Washington, D.C., is a mess; the big investment banks cashed in during the boom and then got off scot-free; kids today just don't have an attention span. Etcetera, etcetera. But Ms. Swift's aura of professional victimhood is definitely contributing to our sad national decline.

Only in a music video could a five-foot-eleven-inch blond with naturally curly ringlets get away with claiming her romantic rival "wears short skirts; I wear T-shirts/ she's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers"! Sure, she might have felt like an ugly duckling at one brief point in her otherwise sun-kissed life -- but it's time she quit whining and started admitting it: These days, Taylor Swift is America's cheer captain. She's not languishing on the fucking bleachers.

And beyond the disengenuousness of her poor-little-me pose, it's the sense of entitlement that galls. Take that cheer captain reference, which comes from the worst Taylor Swift song, "You Belong With Me." In it, she pretends she's the homely chick in the spectacles -- but if you actually parse out the lyrics, Li'l Taylor's trying to steal a dude from another girl because she's so convinced of her own superiority. She gets the guy's humor. She likes the songs he likes. Get out of her way, cheer captain!

It's the same thing with that aforementioned song about John Mayer. Dude's a notorious creep who completely threw down on Jessica Simpson's sexual, um, vigor to Rolling Stone. (Not cool!) Yet even after that, virginal Taylor was apparently stupid enough to hop into bed with him -- and then was utterly stunned that he was just not that into her.

Dear John
I see it all now that you're gone
Don't you think I was too young
To be messed with
The girl in the dress
Cried the whole way home
I should have known.
Yes, honey: You should have known. And once you got your clue, you should not have blamed the player for playing you. You should have reminded yourself that everyone warned  you about this guy -- stupid you! -- and then filed it away under live and learn.

And if for some reason you still had to write a song about it after processing all that, you should not have leaked the news to every tabloid in town that "Dear John" just might be a song about the odious Wonderland-admiring John Mayer. It doesn't matter if you "get" Mayer's sense of humor or like the music that he likes. He does not owe you anything, and you got dumped because you were stupid enough to believe otherwise. Own it!

And, for that matter, when you started dating Jake Gyllenhall, and it turned out that he wasn't really that into you, either, you didn't need to run to the same tabloids and cry your tale of woe. He didn't owe you anything, either.

You may be adored by a kazillion young girls who love your music, but that doesn't mean "this is how it ought to be," to quote your worst song ever, and that Prince Jake should sweep you off your feet and that you deserve to live happily ever after fairy-tale style (to quote another of your horrible songs). Or that it's time to pick out your silly matrimonial "white dress" just because you've decided some random crush should be your Romeo.

Tomorrow and Sunday, tens of thousands of young girls in Missouri will be rocking out to the music of Taylor Swift at Scottrade Center, singing along when she whines about Kanye and John Mayer and those horrible Mean Girl cheer captains. Blech! What's the takeway for those impressionable youths? You're entitled to love, so steal another girl's boyfriend. Trash talk anyone who refuses to be yours. And remain utterly convinced of your victimhood when your dream life isn't handed to you on a silver platter.

Sigh. The girls of America don't have a chance. Not that they should blame Taylor Swift or anything. That's what Taylor would do, after all. The rest of us would be better off owning it. 


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hamptons827
hamptons827

LOVE THIS ARTICLE! Sarah Fenske aka the author of this great piece! I bow down and worship the ground you walk on! FINALLY! someone who has the guts to tell it like it is about Taylor Swift!!! and no surprises here that her fans have come to her defense but the truth is this: She is to me what a glimpse of hell must be like and I wish people would open their eyes and realize she is nothing but a money making machine that bullies men via badly written songs and WE are stuck with this mess for the rest of our lives!

Scott19674
Scott19674

 Are you wearing a dress, Jim? She blows ass.  This is the kind of career Shania Twain had before America moved on and forgot about her utterly. Crap is crap. And crap will not touch your penis for defending it on the interwebs.

Absdodd
Absdodd

Could not of said it better Taylor is amazing

Taylor Swift ∞♥♔
Taylor Swift ∞♥♔

  She's the only woman in music HISTORY to have released 3 #1 albums in a row, each selling more than 5 million copies. This was only achieved by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Michael Jackson. She has worldwide record sales of more than 20 million albums, and 50 million song downloads. She's won 6 Grammy Awards, and is the youngest winner in the history of the Grammy awards to win Album of the Year. She's had the most top 10 debuts in the history of the Billboard hot 100 chart, the most charting songs from one album in a single week, the longest-lasting album on the Billboard hot 200 chart EVER. She's walked away from record labels that didn't feel right, wrote all her own songs, and has worked so hard to get where she is. A LOT harder than most artists today. The New York Times called her one of pop's finest songwriters. "A songwriting savant with an intuitive gift" by the Rolling Stones. Her newest album Speak Now is one of 17 albums in the HISTORY OF MUSIC to sell more than a million copies in its first week. Every single show on her Speak Now World Tour was sold out, not to mention selling out Madison Square Garden in 59 seconds on her fearless tour. Love you TayTay

WeDoRoseParadesNotWars
WeDoRoseParadesNotWars

Oh, Taylor har been complaining about being fat? Hm, weird that I didn't know that as I'm a Swiftie, huh? And she's ruining America? Take this from someone who comes from a faaaaaar more decent country than America, America is already pretty much as screwed up as a western country can be.

Taylor Swift ∞♥♔
Taylor Swift ∞♥♔

Taylor, I love you so much. You're the reason that I manage to smile everyday. You're the reason I get up in the morning. You gave me another reason to LOVE the number 13. You made me fall in love with your music. You're adorable and gorgeous. Don't bother with the haters because they obviously don't know what true music is. Every time you write a song, I can feel you. I can feel what you're feeling. You have a song for every moment in my life and in yours. You're my inspiration, role model, and everything I've ever wanted and needed in my entire life. I love you and I have this dream to meet you Taylor, I always have and I'm never ever going to give up on that dream. You're an amazing role model to people around the whole world and I commend you so much for that. I will love you forever and always. Your swifties will be here for you whenever you need us mama

KayMarie
KayMarie

R u kidding me here? cuz of course tay is such a bad person right...maybe she wrote those songs cuz thats how she felt when it happened. idk about you but i happen to relate to her songs, and i love her, so you arent right at all. have a good day..

carelesswithmyheartagain
carelesswithmyheartagain

Like, seriously? What the hell are you saying? It sounds like you’re so angry with someone you don’t even know. Come on! Taylor Swift wrote some of the most meaningful songs ever. She’s talented and she’s leaving the dream. She dated some of the hottest guys on Earth. She’s beautiful. You’re jealous. Get over it.

A PROUD SWIFTIE.
A PROUD SWIFTIE.

are u fucking kidding me? taylor is doing what she loves. she is beautiful, down to earth, sweet with her fans. her songs are beautiful. she has 14 million followers on twitter, 25 million likes on facebook and a WORLD of swifties that love and support her. i'm a swiftie, i love her with all my heart. i'm italian, i live in italy but i love her. SHE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON ALIVE. and fuck you because she is BETTER THAN YOU.

ALEXIA (a swifty)
ALEXIA (a swifty)

First of all, Taylor never ran to the tabloids and cried. Second, she sings about how she feels! Doesn't everyone? Youre just some stuck up, judgmental, MEAN, person. Third, she has worked so hard to get where she is and she deserves it. She is an amazing artist and you can ask any other country artist and I'm sure they'll say the same. Fourth, kanye goes around telling people about how everyone hates him, so hy dont write a blog about how "KANYE WEST IS DESTROYING AMERICA". So if you don't mind…SIT DOWN. Also, in the words of Taylor Swift, stay beautiful.

anonymous
anonymous

This was the worst thing i've ever read in my life time. Are you kidding me? Taylor swift is a role model to millions of people around the world. Sherries her songs for people who feel that way. So the fact that you had the nerve to write this is ridiculous. You're absolutely wrong on so many levels.

Lhoover92
Lhoover92

You are so pathetic. First off, none of your facts are true, so please learn what you are talking about. Second, you should worry about stars like Brittany Spears or Heidi Montag who are ACTUALLY setting a bad example on kids. Not Taylor Swift. Please go get a life.

ѕρєαк ησω
ѕρєαк ησω

Go to fuckin hell you bitches you fuckin little whores & man whores. You don't  know nothing about Taylor okay get your facts straight. why don't you just die in a hole. Cause that's where you should be. If you noticed that her lyrics to mean is especially for BITCHES like you "Someday i'll be living in a big ole' city & all you're ever gonna be is mean. Wh you gotta be so mean." Hate Taylor..... Love Taylor .... Stil an obsession Don't Hate Appreciate

Pamela A. Cruz
Pamela A. Cruz

Ms. Sarah Fenske...you're stupid for writing a piece like this...it shows that you're just jealous of her. Stop hating...'cause it's useless..you're just wasting your time..

Taylorswiftfan13
Taylorswiftfan13

None of your facts are right so before you write another jealous article research her before. You're just writing this because you're jealous. Taylor has worked so hard since 14 years old and actually persuaded her parents to move to Nashville in order to begin her career. She sings about her emotions and there's nothing wrong with that. You're the reason she wrote 'Mean'. Taylor has inspired everyone (she did tour WORLDWIDE)

Anonymex
Anonymex

Try opening your eyes before expelling verbal diarrhea in the form of this hypocrisy. Its actually the arrogant, hateful tone you've assumed in the article that does any harm. Congratulations to you, as she is making millions following her passion while you scrape together enough money for next month's rent. Your criticism is worthless and unwarranted.

Kate
Kate

OK Sarah Fenske, how dare you ! Seriously Taylor means the world to millions of people! and I am one of them. We know her, her stories, her personality and not even one bit of this blog is true. This girl has saved lives, changed lives FOR THE BETTER. If anything she is making America a better place! She teaches us to be grateful, to be nice always, to give back, to believe in love, to never give up, to be yourself, to follow your dreams, I hardly call that "Destroying America". I hope you are wishing you never wrote such horrible things about our Idol Taylor Alison Swift. Swifties have her back through tick and thin, and pathetic (which is you), nawww you know have your own we category. She is the most perfect this world has to offer, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!  Also have you not heard Ellen Degeneres say, and I quote " the world is a better place because of you".  Taylor is the most talented person ever, and this truly hurts our feelings when you say these horrible words. Taylor has done nothing to deserve this. So take this down, and pity yourself for even thinking this crap. Taylor we love you so much, all she is, is mean, and a liar and pathetic and alone in life !!!!!! Taylor is our EVERYTHING, so we will do everything and anything to protect her.

Kahchun_13
Kahchun_13

You're facts are wrong and you will be attack by Swifties.

Kellychristina956
Kellychristina956

Fuck you bitch! You're obviously just jealous of how amazing Taylor is. I'm 17 & have loved Taylor since she first started. First of all before you go blogging about America's sweetheart, make sure you know all the facts cuz everything you've said is complete bullshit & not true! She doesn't go running to tabloids & her song Mean is NOT about Kanye! She doesn't like talking about that incident & forgave him cuz that's the kind of person she is! As for John, she is a sweet kind girl who will give anyone a chance, so she gave him a chance. She write about guys who do her wrong, she's warned them. It's what she does! She writes about personal experiences & not many people do that out of fear of being judged. She is fearless! As for her being an outcasts, who said all outcasts are ugly? I'm assuming you are cuz of how jealous of Taylor you are. She worked hard to get where she is & deserves everything! She will be loved forever by a million Swifties! And will continue to succeed & grow as an artists & a person. And as for you, well...

Taylor Swift ∞♥♔
Taylor Swift ∞♥♔

This made me cry. Who do you think you are? Taylor's an amazing person, and she loves what she does. You're obviously not a fan but so many are. She's a wonderful, kind, loving person who treats her fans with respect and she loves them. She's an idol, inspiration, and role model to millions of people, including me. So I wouldn't go off saying bad things about the person that means the most to me. She inspires so many young people to act with maturity and elegance the way she does. She's gorgeous and endearing and perfect the way she is. Taylor's an award winning Grammy winner. She won six awards and counting and she is only 22 years old. I love her and I will always. And Taylor is definitely not "Destroying America". She's only improving it to be a better and kinder place. I commend her so much for that. She worked so hard to get to where she is and I am so grateful that Scott Borchetta signed her when she was 14. I love you Taylor and don't bother with the haters. Love you<13

Juliamspina
Juliamspina

this is not true! taylor swift is a caring, sensitive person, and she's just reaching out to people who share the same feelings and even those who don't. she just likes writing a certain style of love songs, that's all. 

SD
SD

That the people who are attacking the author of this article are the ones being truly "mean".  It's proving that Taylor Swift fans are immature people who have no reality of their own.  The definition of "immature" is "not being able to think or act on one's own without help or influence."  Wishing that the author of this article would die or calling them a lonely person is further implicating just what the author is suggesting -- that Taylor's fans are extremely impressionable and "immature", because being a Taylor Swift fan has made you think this way instead of generating an educated, mature opinion.  

If anyone does their research -- this article is true in its aspects of the influence celebrities have in the music industry.  While the information may not be the most well-presented, Taylor Swift is an awful influence.  This is NOT the first article that has talked about Taylor being a perpetual victim.  Well, she is.  Everything is always everyone else's fault.  I have not heard any of her songs where she is the one who has done something wrong or has taken the blame for a relationship gone wrong.  (Granted, I do not listen to a lot of Taylor Swift because I don't like the sound of her voice.)

Maybe when the people who are wishing horrible things upon the author of this article realize that they are just as cruel and vindictive as Taylor's songs are, they will realize that this article is absolutely right -- Ms. Swift really DOES have quite a strong hold on the people who are her fans.

Besides, idolizing someone as avidly as most of you idolize Taylor Swift is not healthy, either.  Why don't YOU try doing something better with your day?  I ran across this article while researching for a graduate class about the pros and cons of artists' influence in the music industry, and while I can't use it for reference, I do understand the point of view.

Trust me, Taylor Swift fans -- you feel negatively toward people who dislike Taylor Swift or have ever hurt her, but the fans of THOSE people feel exactly how you feel right now when you talk badly of THEM.  Ashamed, hurt, and personally attacked.

Try thinking about things from others' point of view instead of wishing horrible things on other people when they don't understand how you could possibly love Ms. Swift so much.  Trust me, there's a celebrity out there that, while you think Ms. Swift is the greatest in her field, that you absolutely hate.  And that celebrity you hate has followers, too.  Reverse the roles, and this is how they feel.

Of course, many people lack empathy, which is evident by all the death wishes and wishes of ill happenings upon the author of this article simply for stating how she feels about someone whom most of YOU have never met either. 

I dislike Taylor Swift's music and her public image of victimization.  I've never met her as a person.  So how dare most of you say the horrible things you are saying because you don't know Taylor, either.

Grow a heart.  Your hurtful comments are the proof this journalist needed to solidify her arguments that Taylor Swift's influence is indeed destroying America.

Tara Roznovak
Tara Roznovak

WOW!!!! All you people make me sad because this person has a right to her own opinions that she is expressing through her right to freedom of speech just as you have that same right. I like Taylor Swift, but comments to Sarah about how you wish she would die, that she's ugly (which she is definitely not) etc...is extremely sad, wrong and makes me ashamed. You don't know her and you all are calling her hateful, yet you and your comments to her are more hateful! You all should be ashamed of yourselves! How would you feel if these comments were made to you? Internet or not words hurt just the same as if they were said to someone's face.

joelbanes
joelbanes

WTF IS THIS SHIT! THIS NEWS IS BULLSHIT! LIKE REALLY YOURE FUCKING STUPID! LEAVE TAYLOR FUCKIGN ALONE! SHE'S SO SWEET! HOW CAN YOU FREAKIN WRITE THIS BULLSHIT STUFF! LIKE REALLY! THINK BEFORE YOUR WRITE IT DOWN! GET ANOTHER JOB! BULLSHIT WRITTER!  -.-''

Ryan
Ryan

This is the worst article i've ever read.

Laurencasey86
Laurencasey86

whoever wrote this article must be pretty miserable and completely uninformed and ignorant and a whole long list of other insults... A headline like "taylor swift is destroying america" is just looking for a reaction! it's ridiculously pathetic but sarah fenske is allowed her own opinion however malicious and stupid it might be.. All I know is Taylor Swift has made "my" world a better place. whatever happens in her personal life is none of my concern. her music and lyrics are beautiful and relateable and she is undoubtedly talented and inspiring! 

Stuart Chubb
Stuart Chubb

This so called article has more rubbish init that the local tip! Taylor sings about how she feels and as she -unlike many others- writes her own songs so they come straight from the heart. Her songs prove that she is human after all! unlike the writer who must be rubbish at her job as she doesn't do her research about who shes writing about! 

Balloon S
Balloon S

Jealousy ;) Taylor is the best, you can't even write songs of your own so just shut up. Okay ven if you can it will probably turn out suckish.

Zahysf
Zahysf

Haha girl what were you thinking~~~~~~~ messing with people without knowing your facts. Bleghhhh you are the one destroying america.

Joana13andTaylorSwiftIsTheBest
Joana13andTaylorSwiftIsTheBest

Hello dear writer.... i hope you to die soon because you are so stupid that you are making the world a worst place. yo

Love
Love

I love this OMG TS is so annoying I work backstage u should REALLY meet her.

Janine
Janine

oh and by the way Innocent other wise known as "the song about Kanye" is not on Taylor's concert set list. Might want to get your facts straight first

Janine
Janine

Why you gotta be so Mean?

guest
guest

i came across this from an internet search and jumped right to the article.. about halfway through I guaranteed myself it was a bitter self loathing woman writing it.  I scrolled up and indeed it was.  This girl writes all her own songs.  She provides a great role model for young girls.  She does not hit the tabloids by partying or drinking.  Her twitter pics show her and the tour crew/friends cutting each other's hair and having a blast.  You are clearly a very bitter woman... this is coming from an almost 30 year old CPA and a huge Taylor fan - not a teenage girl.  I recently attended a show and she thanked the person in the back with the lit up heart sign..she walked THROUGH the rows to meet fans.. she sang at a spot in the back for people to see better.  She looked GENUINELY happy t be there and she put on a very entertaining show. You are a very bitter woman and you make the rest of us look bad..

America can do better
America can do better

I love everyones bitchy comments about this article..it's just hilarious. You are all so stupid it's painful. This article was spot on. Everyone is giving this girl waaaay to much damn credit. A monkey with half a brain can do what she does and do it better. Writing songs is not hard. Its even easier when all you write about is how hard and sad your life is...isn't it Taylor swift.......her music is shit. Sorry little girls but your role model is anythif but that. How about you pick someone better in your life as model...say your parents??? A more realistic goal. The Article was a bit whiny, but it had many valid points.

Nick
Nick

I got dumber by reading this article

Alexa Estelle
Alexa Estelle

I completely support the theory of freedom of speech and opinion but as a fellow journalist I am completely apalled at your blatant slander. I almost consider this an abuse of power and you should really think about what you're writing rather than just slap your mast malicious feelings down for the world to see. And the sad part is you seem to have neglected to check any of your facts, because if you did, you'd know that Taylor was an outcast in school, doesn't like to discuss who her songs are about or issues such as the Kanye incident (in fact she tries to avoid it), and is inspiring many young girls to be happy with themselves. Not to mention the fact that her music has helped plenty of young adults get through tough situations. Her first album was like a musical version of her diary and she exposed many of her personal feelings to the world, feelings that several of her fans deal with to this day and her music helps them push through. And let's be serious? "running to the tabloids"? That's pretty funny. As a journalist you should know that tabloids will do whatever they can to get a story and they twist most things around.

Honestly, I just say shame on you for abusing your power. I don't even care what your personal opinion is, I just care how you presented it.

Akhil
Akhil

This article is sh*t ..... People with invisible career try to insult big names to earn smthin... WORTHLESS EFFORT 

orangesniff
orangesniff

I'm sorry, but how can you be so ignorant? I have never once heard about girls stealing boyfriends because Taylor Swift wrote about it in a song. All I have heard is the countless number of girls saying that they relate to the music she writes. And honestly, read up before you write such a long article, because there have been many interviews where she states the the inspiration for You Belong With Me was from hearing a friend assure a bitchy girlfriend of something, and coming up with a story from there. It was definitely NOT her mad jealousy and self-righteousness. And who says having fairytale hopes, like in Love Story, is bad? She influences and inspires many girls to be optimistic about such things, which is much better then giving unconstructed criticism to a person who from the looks of it, you know little to nothing about. Writing a bunch of paragraphs of how much you hate Taylor Swift will not make her any less successful. So please, direct your negativity to some one who actively deserves it.

molly
molly

Wow...you are one pathetic lonely person if you wrote this article. You must enjoy boiling small puppies too. Taylor doesnt whine in her songs, she is honest and in the song Dear John she also blames herself. She has never talked about a relationship publicly, its all the media making something out of nothing. She is very mature, while you are acting like an immature child. Are you jealous that the 21 year old is more successful and loved than you? It sure seems that way.

Twilightlova4eva
Twilightlova4eva

"all u r is mean" taylor swift is an amazingly talented person and if u r going 2 trash her like this then im sorry that u r just 1 lying, pathetic, mean person

Graceluvshorses
Graceluvshorses

Who's the whiny one now? I would just like to know where you pulled half of this information from. Probably your ass. You wish you could sell the amount of albums she has. Jealousy is one ugly trait my friend.

Thomas M. Rikkle
Thomas M. Rikkle

“I want a guy who takes charge, but lets me have my say once in a while. A good relationship is all about balance and chemistry.” 

Thomas M. Rikkle
Thomas M. Rikkle

On Justin Bieber: “I adore him. He’s sweet and awesome. So genuine. I’ll join his fan club.” 

Thomas M. Rikkle
Thomas M. Rikkle

“And I’ll look back and regret how I ignored when they said, ‘Run as fast as you can.’” 

Taylor
Taylor

Okay so get half a brain and go be half as successful as she is.

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