Thursday, February 04, 2010

Taylor Swift Backlash: Readers Weigh In

On Tuesday, MTV News published an article titled "Why You Shouldn't Hate On Taylor Swift" in response to what appears to be a budding backlash against the singer, judging from various articles and comments on our articles in the wake of four wins at the Grammy Awards and her uneven performance on the show. Unsurprisingly, that article has also gotten a lot of comments, many of them in defense of hating on Taylor Swift.

Judging from the comments, it appears that there are a whole lot of folks out there who feel Swift didn't deserve to win her Album of the Year Grammy on Sunday night for a whole lot of reasons, most of which opine that Swift's live performances can't match the majesty of Gaga's Warholian exploits or Beyoncé's otherworldly contortions. Or, conversely, she only won because of industry-wide sympathy for her ... or even due to an apparent conspiracy against Gaga. We got comments in support of Swift as well.

Below are some of the most interesting comments, lightly edited for grammar and content, and please note that the opinions expressed therein are those of the commenters, not MTV News. But don't think the debate has to end here. If you want to have your voice heard, sound off in the comments below.
And now, we turn the floor over to you:

"This article is exactly what annoys me the most about Taylor Swift, she is portrayed as a victim we are supposed to feel sorry for. Her boyfriend broke up with her; poor Taylor. Kanye interrupted her; poor Taylor. She has an awful performance on TV and people criticize her, how dare they; poor Taylor. She is an adult worth millions of dollars, with buckets of awards, she doesn't need my sympathy." (Anne)

"Personally I agree with this article. What artist doesn't have a bad performance? If I recall, Fergie did much worse than Taylor. Listen to some of her other live performances, they are astounding, people need to get over their jealousy just because she is a living a dream everybody else desires. I would take an awful singer who writes their own lyrics over a dip who couldn't be creative." (Aaron)


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