"I'm sorry, but the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, because she's dead."
I'm reminded of a story Lorna Luft has told. Once, she came home after school to find her mother, Judy Garland, preparing for an interview by scattering all the pills in the bathroom cabinet onto the living room floor, and soaking the room with vodka, sprinkling it much like a priest would bless a house. She asked, "Mama, what are you doing?" Judy's response?
"Honey, I'm just giving the reporter what he wants." It was an idea she lived her life off of. She knew the public and the press didn't care if she wasn't really this sad, tragic figure who would cry herself to sleep at night. She just stopped fighting it and embraced that image, because she knew she wouldn't be able to change their minds. She even told daughter Liza, when she began defending her mama, not to bother and that "They don't care. If that's how they want to see me, that's how they'll see me. There's no use in trying to fight it."
With "Look What You Made Me Do," and it looks like with reputation
as a whole, Taylor Swift is doing just that. After years of being painted as the enemy, and as a conniving bitch, and after years of fighting that image and trying to defuse it with humor and playfulness (ie "Blank Space"), she's decided that it's just not worth the effort anymore. She's thrown in the towel and said "Alright, if that's what you want me to be, that's what I'll be. I'll be the enemy. I'll be what you've painted me as. And I'll be your worst nightmare."
To quote Judy Garland, she's just giving the people what they want.
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