Taylor Swift And Katy Perry Are Everything That’s Wrong With Feminism
Bre Payton
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Taylor Swift just released a new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” from her upcoming album. It’s garbage.

My sisters and I have been longtime Swift fans. I’m pretty sure we had her inaugural self-titled album with the butterflies on the cover in 2006 and have been fans ever since. We’ve gone to her concerts, bought all of her albums and a bunch of her swag. My sister Christina texted me this at 2 a.m. — a few hours after “Look What You Made Me Do” dropped.

This pretty much sums up everything Swift fans are feeling right now. Swift was one of us — a nice girl from the suburbs who liked to write songs about things that happen to all of us, from heartbreaks to bullies, to growing up. The choruses were usually a rallying cry against meanies or ex-boyfriends or a sweet note of appreciation to her family. But “Look What You Made Me Do” is as shallow and nonsensical as her feud with Katy Perry that supposedly started because of some murky back-and-forth over backup dancers.

This is literally the chorus.

Ooh, look what you made me do

Look what you made me do

Look what you just made me do

Look what you just made me do

Ooh, look what you made me do

Look What you made me do

Look what you just made me do

Look what you just made me do

It’s repetitive garbage that’s rooted in nothing.

Perhaps the most telling part of the song is when Swift says into what sounds like a telephone:

I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.

Why?

Oh ’cause she’s dead!

If the old Taylor — the one with all the talent who made us feel like she was one of us — is really dead, then rest in peace. It’s also weirdly coincidental that Taylor’s music video looks very similar to the title sequence in FX’s “Feud,” a drama about the real-life rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. In the show, the two women are pitted against one another by their male puppet masters who control 1960s Hollywood.

Does Taylor even realize that her attempts to pose herself as a feminist have apparently driven her to mimic the title sequence of a show that’s about how men exploited a female rivalry for their own gain?

I had hoped that Taylor’s bad reputation among Woke Internet types would make her realize she’s never going to be a good feminist. In the days leading up to the release of her new single, it seemed like she was going to double down on her reputation as a problematic woman and escape the entrapment of the same political forces (feminism, intersectionality, Hillary Clinton) that seem to have broken Perry.

Speaking of Perry, we need to talk about the new music video for “Swish Swish,” which the singer reportedly released early to steal some of Swift’s thunder. The song is a thinly veiled jab at her longtime, blonde rival. In fairness, I actually do like this song. But this video is so eye-gougingly awful. I just can’t.

Since her BFF Hillary lost the presidential election last year, Perry got a terrible haircut reminiscent of Brittany Spears circa 2007 and has live-streamed a therapy session and an awkward woke dinner party where her friends badgered Kaitlyn Jenner for supporting Donald Trump. This latest video is no exception from this sad, downward spiral.

First of all, the video is 6 minutes and 24 seconds long, far too long for the visually disturbing onscreen atrocity that is this video. The storyline that plays out onscreen doesn’t really make sense. An underdog team of girls face off against a team of burly players. They’re obviously outmatched and struggle the first half of the game.

Also, this screen grab. Talk metaphor alert.

But then Nicki Minaj does a halftime show performance and gives Perry a pep talk while she receives an IV line of Kobe Bryant’s sweat.

Then she rallies the team to do really gross things — like sweat profusely to create puddles on the court, or eat a Twinkie “Lady And The Tramp” style — to distract the other team. They end up winning, but her team’s apparent victory is nonsensical.

These female pop icons of yesteryear have made themselves irrelevant. Their feud, which is rooted in little more than speculation, and the music inspired by this feud are trash. Both Swift and Perry have attempted to placate the Left by calling themselves feminists — Perry herself has touted  her latest album as “purposeful pop” — and it’s gotten them nowhere.

Woke Internet is not pleased these stars are not doing enough to speak out against Nazis and the like. And now they’ve disappointed their fans with songs that sound like clanging cymbals and lyrics that amount to little more than “PAY ATTENTION TO ME!” The politics eating away at their souls have also destroyed their talent. It’s time they abandon it and look elsewhere for inspiration.

Bre Payton is a staff writer at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter.
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