Reporting Jennifer Cleary
Jennifer ClearyJennifer Cleary is a proud UGA alum and a television, film, and pop culture junkie to the point of becoming the go-to person for celebrity gossip. By her own admission she knows an obscene amount of useless trivia. If you've got a question about a show, film or celebrity, chances are she has an opinion. You can follow her on Twitter at @clearyje.
There was a period in college when I was listening to Taylor Swift nonstop. Now out of college and having to deal with the real world, I’m no longer the angsty twenty-something that I used to be. That might be one of the reasons why I’ve developed a strong dislike for Taylor Swift. I’d like to preface that I own her first three albums, and I used to get into heated debates with naysayers. At first, it seemed like I had developed these ill-feelings overnight. However, as I look back on her evolution as a singer-songwriter and tabloid star, I realize that I haven’t liked her for quite some time. In fact, I find her more irritating than Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian combined.
In the beginning of her career, I found her naïve demeanor endearing, especially when other teen stars (here’s looking at you, Miley) were intentionally acting out in an effort shed their innocent personas. Taylor didn’t explode until the release of her sophomore album Fearless. Songs like “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me” were infectious and fun. Fearless led to a slew of awards, including the infamous VMA for Best Female Video in 2009. During her first round of awards, her shock and awe seemed genuine. When her follow-up Speak Now garnered identical commercial success and acclaim, her tearful reaction at every awards show was overbearing. I’m certain that if I won an award, I’d cry. How large are Taylor’s tear ducts though that she’s able to cry at every single award show over and over?
Simply put, Taylor Swift is overdramatic, which is why at least three of her songs on Speak Now were about famous exes like Joe Jonas, John Mayer and Taylor Lautner. Adele’s 21 proved that a modern female artist can make a break-up album that’s less vengeful and more heartfelt. Taylor Swift’s Speak Nowis not that kind of break-up album. Instead, she capitalizes on the exes’ reputation;
putting some of them on blast. Still, I liked Speak Now; “Dear John” is actually my favorite song from the album. With the release of her new single “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift’s growth as woman and songwriter seems stunted. Like a lot of her songs from Speak Now, “We Are Never…” is an angsty break-up song. And while she hasn’t admitted that her short-lived relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal inspired the song, she made it painfully obvious that Jake was the culprit. Rather than being reflective on her relationship, Swift took cheap digs, even mocking her ex for having musical tastes different than hers. This song reaffirms my opinion that at 22, Swift hasn’t grown up. Maybe that’s why she’s dating an 18-year-old Kennedy.
It’s strikes me a bit odd that Swift goes through men fairly quickly, but then usually blames them for the relationship’s demise. Guess what Taylor? In most cases, blame swings both ways. Or perhaps she’s a serial dater so that she has something to sing about?