The blank space Taylor Swift fills
What do you think of when you hear the name Taylor Swift? Perhaps the girl who writes a song about every breakup she goes through — or just the overly attached girlfriend who can never maintain a relationship long enough to be satisfied.
Despite Taylor’s connection with developing females for over six years, people still target her as the crazy ex-girlfriend so much that she produced a song to show how crazy we are for calling her crazy!
In Swift’s “Blank Space” video, the famous lyric, “I’ve got a blank space, baby, and I’ll write your name,” conveys Taylor’s inability to leave her heart empty (almost as if she always needs someone to fill the emptiness in her).
Of course, people hate on this music video, with one video comment being: “Is the title of this song about Taylor Swift’s brain?” It seems as if no matter what Taylor does, she will be a constant target for those who cling onto their bad perspectives of her and struggle to see her good side.
Taylor is one of my favorite artists, and this song has been my new overly replayed jam. Yes, the music video does display inappropriate content with her slashing her ex’s portrait and talking about how “boys only want love if it’s torture.” However, this is simply a parody of how others take her as an artist.
Why has Taylor been so popular in media? It’s not because she’s known as the “psycho ex-girlfriend,” but because she is undoubtedly an icon for younger females to relate to. Taylor’s quirkiness has been evident throughout her entire career, from her collab with T-Pain in “Thug Story” rapping about baking caramel cookies while everyone is out clubbing, to her confidence in not being society’s idea of a capable dancer in “Shake It Off.”
Her expression of the pain and greatness of love is shared all over the world through her albums, which people can’t stop buying. Taylor’s fun spirit and display of her perfect imperfections allow not only myself, but millions of girls to love themselves and embrace their “weird” and goofy sides.
Although “Blank Space” has received praise, it’s also getting hate for its craziness. Not only does this video reveal the absurdity of society’s view of Taylor, it also reveals the unfairness in the public’s response to different celebrities.
I love the oh-so-powerful Queen B as much as the next person, but in her song “Mine” with Drake, one lyric reads: “I just wanna say you’re mine, you’re mine. F*ck what you heard, you’re mine, you’re mine.”
This lyric obviously reflects negativity and an unhealthy obsession with a romantic partner. It’s odd how no one really hates on Beyoncé for this song, while they hate on Taylor for hers, despite her low amount of vulgarity.
In addition, people try to prove Beyoncé is better than Taylor by comparing the number of likes they’ve received! How messed up is that? It goes to show that there is unfairness in the support society gives to different women.
Apparently, Taylor is an easier target than Beyoncé, because she has about 15,000 fewer likes on her Instagram than Beyoncé, and because Beyoncé’s quirkiness in her newest “7/11” video beats Taylor’s quirkiness in all her years in the business.
I think we should all treat these ladies (and all ladies, really) fairly, as we are all just trying to feel valued and find a place in this world. Thank you, Taylor, for filling the blank space, not only with your lovers’ names, but the loneliness that girls feel from the sadness of love. Let’s keep shaking the haters off and embrace the fun side we all know and will grow to love!
Krista Pak is a junior in high school and loves to spend her time producing stories and creating poems. With her identity as a strong egalitarian, she is motivated to spread equality through modern issues.