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I talked about this a bit in the Kanye thread but I wanted to bring it up here and ask others for their opinion. I feel like I am the only one that does not find Taylor Swift to be a genuine person and I don't know if others feel the same. I used to be a huge Taylor swift fan from 2008-2009. I listened to her everyday and I knew all her songs by heart. Her music got me through some break ups. After the Kanye incident, I felt like she changed and not in a good way. I was disappointed because I'd watch her interviews and listen to her and in my heart, I could no longer find her a genuine person. It became clear that whether it was her choice or not, everything good that she was doing was being carefully crafted for her "image". Taylor first was presented as a country girl who played her guitar, wrote songs for fun, and was an outcast in highschool. After the Kanye incident, there was a big change in how her image was being handled. Taylor has too many boyfriends? Let's show her with a group of girls all the time and have her talk about being a feminist. Too country? Let's chop her hair and have her do a signature red lip to transition to superstar and do away with country. Let's show her baking cookies with Hailee Steinfeld to appeal to young girls. Let's make her bring tall skinny models on stage to make people associate her with beauty and power. Lets have Taylor Swift do weekly hospital visits on tour and call in the papparazzi. Let's have her make donations and publicize them.Her $250,000 donation to Kesha didn't feel genuine. Why publicize it anyway? Why not just do it anonymously? Her donations all become trending headlines. I'm telling you, she has the best PR around and Duggars need to take a page from her book. It is so good that's even Forbes did an article on how to craft your company similar to how Taylor Swift crafts her image. However, at the end of the day, I have a feeling these are not Taylor's own personal decisions but rather, her appearance, behavior, and actions, are the effect of an outstanding PR team managing her image as a brand as if she is some sort of commodity. Off topic a bit, but I also didn't like how in her Grammy speech she mentioned "As the first woman to win two albums of the year..." If you get the chance, these make for FASCINATING reads on this Taylor Swift is Not Your Friend http://gawker.com/taylor-swift-is-not-your-friend-1717745581 Business Lessons from Taylor Swift (dozens more on this) http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertamatuson/2015/07/27/business-lessons-learned-from-taylor-swift/#60ed958845f5
Because, really, he's just the gift that keeps on giving. He reminds me of my favorite assignment in grad school, where we were given a movie to watch and had to diagnose at least three major characters using the DSM-IV. Never mind how long ago that was. Anything public is fair game: the SNL rant, the fact that it's been stated many, many times by many, many people that he threw out all KimK's clothes and now dresses her, the whole "Yeezus" bit he does (you can toss in a little Hova if need be, but I'm way more interested in 'Ye,) the fact that he's a GENE-yuss y'all, the way he hit up Mark Z. on Twitter for goodness sakes! for money because he has WAY more to give to the world and just needs a lousy billion dollars (that would totally be better spent on Kanye than on stoopid schools in Africa that don't actually help anybody)...the list is literally endless. Ready? Break!