Shut Up and Let Us Have This!
This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt…
Just when I thought 2023 couldn’t get any better with the feminist themes of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, TIME Magazine has named Taylor Swift as their Person of the Year.
I hope everyone can understand that this isn’t just a win for Taylor Swift fans–it’s a win for women.
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2023
As women, we are constantly bombarded with society’s contradictory expectations for our behavior, appearance, speech, and even the music we listen to. This news takes me back to when I was 14 years old, sitting alone in the school bathroom listening to her song Mean from her Speak Now album. All the times we Swifties had to say, “It’s not lame to like Taylor Swift. It’s lame to hate on her,” after boys in school would call her music trash.
Then, in 2016, we were back to defend her when she made celebrity news by being canceled due to a deceptively edited, illegally recorded phone call with Kanye West.
Taylor Swift talks about the infamous phone call with Kanye:
“You have a fully manufactured frame job, in an illegally recorded phone call, which Kim Kardashian edited and then put out to say to everyone that I was a liar. That took me down psychologically to a place I’ve never… pic.twitter.com/G5cZHty5hy
— Pop Base (@PopBase) December 6, 2023
Finally, this year, defending her positive impact on the world has become a thing of the past.
The Taylor Swift Eras Tour was the undisputed hit of the music industry that year, sparking an investigation into Ticketmaster’s methods of selling tickets. Her earnings from this tour have pushed Taylor Swift’s net worth to 1 billion dollars.
On top of that, her re-recorded album 1989 was the best-selling record of the year, and she became the first living artist to have five albums in the Top 10 on the US charts simultaneously. Not to mention, her re-recordings have revolutionized the music industry.
The concert movie for the Eras Tour also broke records as the most successful of all time. With 13 number-one albums in her repertoire, Taylor Swift now holds the title for most chart-topping albums by a female artist in US history. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, she is also officially the most streamed female artist in history.
If you can’t comprehend why Taylor deserves this title, then you are the problem.
In her interview with Times Magazine, Swift says, “This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been. Ultimately, we can convolute it all we want, or try to overcomplicate it, but there’s only one question … Are you not entertained?”
— valeria (@ssparkisfly) December 6, 2023
We are entertained, enamored, and captivated all at once, our beautiful mother. I am so proud to be a swiftie today.