I don't know if there's enough basic normies here for a pop music thread in the music forum so I've come here to spread my opinion that Taylor Swift's new single is a fucking terrible load of shit. It starts out okay, basically like something that could have slipped in as one of 1989's less remarkable songs, but then that chorus hits. The one inexplicably following I'm So Sexy of all things, where she just repeats the same line a bunch without any real respect for all the things that make music music. Oh my god it's so bad. Then we slide into the shitty insults and the unbelievably cringy Old Taylor Is Dead bit. Witness was such a miserable flop that all she really needed to do to "win" the Katy Perry beef was to release something that was actually listenable and she didn't even manage that, like she had to actually try and fuck up that bad.
It's a shitty song and I'm hugely disappointed, but what gets me more than anything else is the concept. The idea that she's somehow trying to own the snake persona and be a bad bitch but at the same time needing to remind you how she was wronged, how it's the other guy's fault, Kanye made me do this you guys. It just feels a whole lot like that time when I was fifteen and lonely and I thought "Oh yeah I guess the world WANTS me to be a shutin nerd, I'm gonna watch My Little Pony because somehow fuck you" like the correct response to any of this dumb bullshit is to go all in. Like, she saw she was losing the moral high ground after the Famous thing and decided the best thing to do was to double down and be a bitch, I guess in the hope that much like politics, whoever can talk more shit will win and who really gives a shit about anyone who isn't either loving the mess or so devoted they'll literally refuse to believe you could possibly have done the wrong thing.
What's more, even if the damage control people are tellign the truth when they say releasing the album introduced with a Kanye diss track on the 10th anniversary of his mother's death, that's still a hugely stupid way to make yourself look like a garbage person. Fucking change it you dumbfucks. If it's intentional it's awful and if it's unintentional then it's stupid and neither of those are good looks.
Part of me hopes this will be like Shake It Off and turn out not to be representative of the quality/style of the full album, but even as a huge Swiftie apologist I'm having trouble finding anything good to say about this. She was always supposed to be a nice one who just wanted to have a wholesome happy time. Every part of this is so unlike everything that made me fall in love with her work in the first place. The song itself and all the context around it just feels like a mountain of huge mistakes that only serve to drain every ounce of good will I've built up towards her.
I could forgive most of it if it was at least a good song but honestly she's got a great voice and has shown to be a good songwriter and neither of those things showed up here.