Taylor Swift opens up about sexism, dealing with hate and LGBTQ community.
The 29-year-old shares her experience about dealing with several bumps along the road to her success. The pop singer also opened up about her sexual-assault case from 2017, against DJ, David Mueller.
“Very isolating experience…”
The world got to witness the biggest change in Swift after her feud with the Kardashian sister and her rapper husband. The drama revolved around Kanye’s ‘Famous’ music video.
To support her husband of 5 years, Kim posted video clips on Twitter of Swift and the rapper having a phone conversation regarding the controversial video.
This resulted in a massive hate storm against Swift and the Internet were out to “cancel” the singer.
“A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience. I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly,” Taylor explained.
“When you say someone is canceled, it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, ‘Kill yourself’.” She added.
She continued to state how she decided to deal with the hate, “I realized I needed to restructure my life because it felt completely out of control.”
“I knew immediately I needed to make music about it because I knew it was the only way I could survive it. It was the only way I could preserve my mental health and also tell the story of what it’s like to go through something so humiliating.” the Look What You Made Me Do singer said.
Additionally, she said, “Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”
Helping the LGBTQ community
Swift has made her support known with the LGBTQ community, with her track, You Need to Calm Down from her new album Lover and many more attempts to help the community.
The singer shared her encounter with fellow musician Todrick Hall. “Todrick and I are in the car, and he asked me, What would you do if your son was gay?” She recalled.
“The fact that he had to ask me shocked me and made me realize that I had not made my position clear enough or loud enough,” Swift stated, “If he was thinking that, I can’t imagine what my fans in the LGBTQ community might be thinking.”
In addition, she said, “It was kind of devastating to realize that I hadn’t been publicly clear about that.”
In 2018, Swift also called out Marsha Blackburn, who attempted to run for Senate at the time. “She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples,” Swift wrote on an Instagram post, “She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”
Taylor chose the Tennessee Equality Project to donate $113,000 to aid the LGBTQ rights after anti-LGBTQ bills started passing in April.
She explained why she decided to be more vocal about the community. “Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male. I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of.”
Taylor Swift on dealing with sexism
“When I was a teenager, I would hear people talk about sexism in the music industry, and I’d be like, ‘I don’t see it. I don’t understand.’ Then I realized that was because I was a kid. Men in the industry saw me as a kid,” Swift opened up.
She added, “I was a lanky, scrawny, overexcited young girl who reminded them more of their little niece or their daughter than a successful woman in business or a colleague. The second I became a woman, in people’s perception, was when I started seeing it.”
She stated that everyone perceived her success to be “cute” when she was young. However, as she grew up it “wasn’t as cool anymore.”
2017 sexual-assault case
The singer had won a sexual assault case against DJ, David Mueller in 2017. A photo surfaced from 2013 of Mueller groping Swift under her skirt. The DJ attempted to sue Taylor for $3 million. However, Swift countersued for $1.
Mueller paid Swift with a Sacagawea coin which she revealed is with her lawyer. “He was trolling me, implying that I was self-righteous and hell-bent on angry, vengeful feminism. That’s what I’m inferring from him giving me a Sacagawea coin,” Taylor stated.
Taylor’s new album, Lover will release on 23rd August.