Taylor Swift Used the Oldest Trick in the Book but the #KimExposedTaylorParty is a New Ending

Taylor Swift is a very specific kind of “Becky with the Good Hair”.  Swift embodies a very particular and dangerous form of White femininity that has actively participated in violence against Black bodies.  Unfortunately, Swift is neither the first nor the last to wield her white femininity against both Black men and women.  Nicki Minaj and Kanye West are unfortunate victims in a legacy of racist White ladies.  The scripts Taylor adopts are just as unoriginal as her corny ass songs.  Here are some people Taylor Swift emulates/could have been in another life:

  • The slave owner’s wife who upon learning that her husband has been raping some of the female slaves, sells said slave’s children away from her.
  • The White women who were patrons at human zoos and gawked at West African women like Sarah Baartman (kind of like how Taylor Swift gawks at these Black women’s twerking butts).

You may sneer at this seemingly “low-brow” petty fest (or argue that there are more important issues), but this is so much more than memes and hashtags.  A rich, famous White woman employed the strategies she inherited to preserve her image and denigrate a Black man.  This time it backfired.  Today we play The Life of Pablo at full volume.  


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