For those of you unaware, not very long ago Taylor Swift released a music video celebrating the LGBTQ community and condemning those who don't support it.
Obviously, the video has received hate from the right, but what makes it SUPER strange is that the video has received hate from the left as well.
According to The Daily Wire,
The left-wing Cosmopolitan runs through some of the backlash the video has sparked online, particularly from the Left, over all the egregious stereotypes and counterproductive messaging in the video. “About halfway through the video, we are introduced to the anti-LGBTQ+ crowd protesting Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita’s fake wedding. Of course, they’re portrayed with about as much nuance as the lyrics of the song,” Cosmo notes, pointing out a shot of one of the gay marriage-protesting rednecks and one of the country bumbkins’ “ironic” signs declaring, “GET A BRAIN MORANS.”
“So [Taylor Swift’s] new song/video is calming down and not throwing shade yet she stereotypes the protesters…guess calming down only applies if you agree with her views,” wrote one “#disappointed” fan noted by the outlet. “Did she really need the lazy classist stereotype? Last time I checked, there were plenty of pretty polished people spewing intolerance too,” another disappointed pro-LGBT twitterer posted, a sentiment echoed by many others on the left. “The fact she really depicted anti-LGBT protestors as hicks? Girl, many are very privileged people in high places in society,” another wrote. “This issue is too important for caricatures.”
So you know what I'm talking about here, take a look at the video yourself:
Now take this review from The Federalist, and see if they get it spot on.
To illustrate her LGBT pride anthem, Swift assembled the glitterati, casting them as the heroes of a utopian trailer park where her feud with Katy Perry ends, and ugly gay marriage protesters meet their match in a fabulous show of celebrity force. The set, of course, almost certainly cost more than what many people who make such places their home earn in a year. “Love letters only,” reads the side of one lily white mailbox in Swift World. (Where do the bills go?)
Her creativity mysteriously lapsed when it came time to cast the protesters, who look like they should be playing banjos in “Deliverance”: toothless, badly dressed, holding misspelled signs. “Control your urges to scream about all the people you hate,” Swift demands. “Cause shade never made anybody less gay.”
It’s all grotesquely elitist when you consider that she’s mocking people with less money while appropriating a trailer park lifestyle for three minutes of breezy, colorful fun. (Support for same-sex marriage declines along with income and education level.) Are there a lot of crazy people who yell at Swift on the Internet? Some, sure. But she went with a very specific type. The message is basically, “We’re beautiful and right; You’re poor and dumb.” If that sounds reductive or based on caricatures that would never be tolerated if used against the left’s pet identity groups, watch the video again.
It sounds like The Federalist's review is right on the money.