Taylor Swift's new music video for her song 'Mean' just dropped. It's yet another adorable song written by the equally adorable country singer who couldn't be more adorable if she were a freshly fluffed, large eyed puppy that floated down on a Lisa Frank rainbow cloud and pooped Skittles. It's also yet another song in a string of pop songs by the biggest names in music in the past 2-3 years that focus on building up the self-esteem of teenagers. P!nk, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and the list goes on. They've all been putting out songs that speak specifically to pre-teens and teenagers that feel left out, picked on, and otherwise cast out from the mainstream.
Now, I have to admit, I love this.
Even better, these same artists have been churning out music videos that feature gay & lesbian teenagers, brainy kids, kids that aren't beautiful in ways society says are beautiful, and pretty much every perceived negative stereotype out there.
There's also been an equally growing trend correlating with the rise in popularity of these songs: the very groups these artists are singing about, depicting in positive ways, and otherwise attempting to uplift are bitching.
For example: When Lady Gaga put out 'Born this Way' it was originally received with open arms by the gay community. She was specifically singing about how people are amazing, despite their color, creed, or sexual orientation, and the gays got exceptionally pissed about it. They said she was pandering, that she was using those minority groups as a way to advance her popularity and sell records. And my question to them was what more do you want? We've said for years that we want mainstream acceptance, positive images of our minority groups in the public eye and validation by the biggest names in the industry.
And we're getting it. And we're spitting on it.
And then today there's the Taylor Swift music video. Gays across Twitter are complaining, because the gay kid in her music video is a lilac sweater wearing nerd who gets picked on by the football team and then eventually becomes a famous fashion designer. The complaint from the gays? "Would somebody tell Taylor Swift that not all gay boys dream of growing up and becoming fashion designers. How dare she pander to stereotypes like that!"
I am at a loss. If you give the gays a cookie, they'll bitch because you put it in a lilac sweater. Or...you know...something like that. What do YOU think about the recent string of uplifting songs? What do YOU think about the way in which they have been portraying gays, lesbians, nerds, "ugly" kids, etc? Is it pandering? Is it a sign of a greater social awakening and move towards acceptance? The Swift video for 'Mean' is below. Watch it and leave your feedback in the comments section.
Love and Lyte,