I used to be driving my three little ladies to a physician’s appointment after we heard it: the highly-anticipated first monitor from Taylor Swift’s new album, “Fame.” As the only, “Look What You Made Me Do” started pumping by our automobile’s speaker system, my daughters giggled and screamed with glee. Their idol was again, ultimately, with model new music. I’ll admit I used to be additionally excited to pay attention. I imply, if you can’t beat ’em, be part of ’em, proper?
However a few seconds after delighting over listening to one of our favourite singer’s voices in a music I’m not utterly sick of (please by no means play “Clean Area” in my presence once more), I felt my coronary heart sink.
The tone of “Look What You Made Me Do” was clearly indignant, darkish, and really un-Taylor Swift like. “Shake It Off” this was not! “No, I don’t like you,” Taylor repeated grimly, twice within the first verse. After which, a point out of a gun. Um, what?
Nevertheless it was about to worsen.
“I’ve obtained a checklist of names and yours is in crimson, underlined,” Taylor chanted subsequent, chillingly. After which, the refrain, “Look what you made me do.” Over and over.
I don’t know why, however wanting again at my younger, impressionable ladies within the again seats of the automobile, I couldn’t assist however take into consideration how these traces may probably justify acts of college violence and bullying. And as I heard the previously squeaky-clean star’s nearly creepy music unfold, I turned an increasing number of bothered that Taylor was glorifying vendettas, and blaming others for her personal actions.
As a lady who has lately gone by a interval of intense struggling following being pregnant loss, I really feel unhealthy for Taylor that she goes by a lot ache. Allegedly, Kim and Kayne West, whom she feuded with beforehand, are the inspiration for the lyrics. It’s actually unhappy if this attention-starved duo impressed lyrics like, “I don’t belief no person and no person trusts me.”
By far the low level of the music, and the half that truly upset my little ladies is when she says, “I’m sorry, the outdated Taylor can’t come to the cellphone proper now. Why? Oh, ’trigger she’s lifeless!”
So, as a mom, I’m mad at Taylor for placing out such an unsettling anthem for youths to hearken to again and again. The excellent news? The actually dismal “Look What You Made Me Do” sparked a dialog between me and my daughters. My 9-year-old requested what the music was even about if “no one can make you do something.”
Precisely. Even in a seemingly-impossible scenario, there are at all times selections about easy methods to react. I now know this to be true, and I hope I’ve demonstrated it to my ladies. I need them to study that you can discover the constructive at the darkest of instances. You can selected love and hope, as an alternative of hating the world and everybody in it. You can take duty on your personal happiness as an alternative of condemning others. Certain, it’s a course of to get to that place, however it’s attainable.
So Miss Taylor Swift, I can’t assist however say how dissatisfied I’m in you for placing out such a destructive vibe when our children, your followers, want one thing extra, one thing higher. All you made me do, Taylor, is change the station.
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