Post four about Taylor Swift. How on earth did we get here? I suppose it’s because, for better or for worse, she’s managed to attain the kind of pop culture prevalence and staying power which has resulted in my writing:
- on a criticism of her song “Mean”, which developed into a discussion on her views on feminism and the strength of her influence
- a condemnation of the gleeful online push to have a “creepy 39 year old” win a contest to meet the star and smell her hair
- a further exploration of her influence, views on feminism, and how the way we view her music contains a clear double standard
Which brings us to this Friday, three days after the artist donated $1,989 to a fan to help her pay off her student loans.
The fan in question, Rebekah Bortnicker, created a video which she posted to tumblr, and which I’m half-watching as I write this. It’s actually pretty great. You know what else is actually pretty great, though? The way that some people have been reacting to this news, like nicole and Angela in the comments section of the People article I linked to up above: