Is the tide of public opinion starting to turn against Taylor Swift?
A recent omg! piece explores the question, Has Taylor Swift's Bubble Burst?, suggesting that America's love affair with the country singer may have hit a rough patch.
The article cites backlash that the singer received after hundreds of fan letters were discovered unopened in a Nashville dumpster. Some bloggers suggest that the letters had been thrown away on purpose, and that Taylor didn't care about her fans.
The author also cites the singer's reaction to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's joke at the Golden Globes, and suggested that Taylor was unable to take a joke. As the writer argues, "the star's love life is a daily punch line both on TV and the Internet, so it was unclear why she singled out the two very likable - and darn funny - comedians with the stinging comment to Vanity Fair that, 'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.'"
Another omg! piece explores the question, Is Taylor Swift the Worst Ex-Girlfriend Ever?, exploring the singer's long history of humiliating her exes in song.
The writer also cites her recent performance at the Grammys. While performing her hit, "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor stopped mid-song with the line: "So he calls me up and he's like, 'I still love you,' putting on a bit of a British accent, in what many believed was an imitation of her most recent ex-boyfriend, Harry Styles. "And I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys. And we're never getting back together, like, ever.'"
Although Taylor is still one of the hottest names in the music industry, it seems that public opinion is slightly turning against the once untouchable America's Sweetheart. But I'm wondering if a bit of negative press could actually work to her advantage in the long run.
Here's a look at why the public backlash may actually be a blessing in disguise.
1. This Gives Her an Opportunity for Personal Growth
While it's not easy taking hits from the tabloids and the comedians, Taylor can use this as an opportunity for personal growth and reflection. By learning to take some constructive criticism (and maybe laugh at herself once in awhile), she might be able to reflect on what she actually wants out of a relationship and how she can finally learn from her past experiences.
2. Less Pressure To Uphold Squeaky-Clean Image
It can be a bit of a burden always having to uphold some untouchable squeaky-clean image. It puts her in the position of always having to calculate every word that comes out of her mouth, and to carefully monitor every move she makes.
If she's always having to worry about how her actions will be perceived, this could certainly factor into why her relationships never seem to work out.
In a way, the more outspoken personalities like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato have an easier time. Miley and Demi wear everything on their sleeves, and are very open about their flaws. As a result, they're able to be more honest and relate to the fans on a more personal level. And these loyal fans stick by them through periods of controversy and negative press.
It may be a blessing for Taylor to be knocked off that media pedestal. That way she won't be under so much pressure to uphold some unattainable ideal of wholesome purity.
3. The Susan Boyle Phenomenon
The "Britain's Got Talent" star is a classic example of how the press often likes to build people up, then tear them down before finding a healthy middle ground.
When she first auditioned for the talent show, YouTube turned Susan into an international superstar. The press elevated her to near godlike status. It was a modern Cinderella story as she became the poster child for every underdog who had a dream.
However, overexposure led to public backlash. Headlines suddenly began popping up about the singer's erratic unstable behavior. The negative press contributed to her eventual second-place finish on "BGT."
After having experienced both sides of public opinion, Susan was able to find a middle ground. Losing the competition turned out to be a blessing because it turned public sympathy back in her favor. And she went on to have a respectable career doing what she loves.
For Taylor, the recent negative press may just be an example of the pendulum effect. After years of being on a pedestal, followed by a period of negativity, could the pendulum eventually find its way back to the middle?
4. Media Backlash Will Cause Her Supporters to Rally to Her Defense
If the negative press continues, I'm wondering if Taylor will actually be able to use it to her advantage by rallying for sympathy.
Often, it's the periods of adversity that cause supporters to mobilize. Among Taylor's new-found defenders is Jada Pinkett Smith.
In a recent Facebook post, Jada asks the media to reconsider the way it treats young stars. As Jada writes, "Are we bullying our young artists? … How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?"
Regarding Taylor, she writes, "Is it okay to continually attack and criticize...a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the intricacies (sic) of love and power on the world stage? And should we shame a young woman for displaying a sense of innocence as she navigates through the murky waters of love, heartbreak, and fame?"
Is the tide of public opinion turning against Taylor? Can she bounce back from some negative press? Could the negative press actually be a blessing in disguise?
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