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Taylor Swift

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Olivia Duke

on 16 April 2014

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Transcript of Taylor Swift

Destiny's Opening Statement
Taylor Swift
Here, Taylor was in an ad for "No H8" - which is an organization about anti-gay bullying
But then in her song "Picture to Burn"...
When she says she'll go tell all her friends that he's gay, either shes saying she'll publicly out him as revenge, or going to spread an untrue rumor about him. Either way, she's essentially saying that being gay is a negative thing to be. That's a bit hypocritical, isn't it?
"You're on the phone with your girlfriend, she's upset
She's going off about something that you said
'Cause she doesn't get your humor like I do"

Maybe he actually
say something bad that upset her? So as anyone in a relationship would do, she's communicating with him about it. In this situation, Taylor's basically putting on the "he's perfect in every way" goggles, which isn't really a good message for young girls.

"But she wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts
She's Cheer Captain and I'm on the bleachers"

She says that as if it's a bad thing; making a stereotype that girls who show skin/are cheerleaders are "bad".
Lyrics from "You Belong With Me"
Prosecution: Olivia Defense: Destiny
All the “villians” in her videos dress in "revealing" clothing and are portrayed as terrible people because of it, while she's portrayed as a "hero" because she doesn't.
"She wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts..."

“Taylor wants to help adolescent girls everywhere feel better about themselves”
-Rolling Stone, "The Very Pink, Very Perfect Life of Taylor Swift"

In her songs though, she's basically promoting girls bashing other girls, from what they wear to who they date.
The music video for her song "You Belong With Me" shows a “dorky” Swift, who studies and is in the marching band, and portrays her as a better girlfriend than a cheerleader who wears “short skirts” and “high heels”, as if she were trying to say that one “type” of girl is “better” than the other. You can't really help girls feel better about themselves when you negatively criticize them and their appearance.
brief opening statement: taylor bla bla something here hMMMMMMM shes not the best role model for kids and stuff yeah
then your opening statement in reply to myy stuff like "taylirs good because:"
then i present my evidence stuff
then u present ur stuff

Her songs are repetitive
On behalf of Taylor Allison Swift, I do believe that she is simply one of the greatest young female artists in the music industry.
Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Wyoming Pa to Scott Kingsley and Andrea Finlay.

An article published in "People" magazine in 2003 states that little Taylor started writing songs at only five years old when she signed to RCA records, A year later she gets out of the contract because she doesn't want to sing other writer's songs.

The author of this article (who is not stated) refers to Taylor as "
Country's Determined Darling
", I believe that Taylor's music is the voice of so many people, not only does it describe what she's going through in her personal life but it gives others the chance to express themselves without saying a word.

Going back to the very first time my ears met Taylor's voice, I was driving down the road with my mom and "Love Story" began to play, the words were everything that any teen-aged girl having "boyfriend approval" issues wanted to say to their parents.
In the song “You belong with me” she makes several statements referring to different types of girls, but honestly what High school girl doesn’t judge everyone that isn’t in their “clique”?
She's dated a lot of guys, most of us know that by now. But the problem with it though, is that I’m pretty sure none of these men have asked her to plaster their private lives all over the media; in magazines, interviews and songs, etc. Sure, anyone who gets out of a breakup is bound to talk negatively about their ex, but to do it
? All anyone hears about in any of her break-ups is how she’s the victim and they were, basically, mean to her. But who knows, maybe every guy she’s ever gone out with did trick her into dating him. Maybe they all did become jerks, and maybe she didn't ever do anything wrong. We’ll just never know, because her exes have collectively said
less about her
, than she has about
any one of them
Take for example when she won a MoonMan at the MTV Video Music Awards for "Best Female Video" for her song "I Knew You Were Trouble", which was about her breakup Harry Styles. When she went up there, she snipped "
I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these.
" He was in the audience at the time. And what did he say afterward? "
It's alright, she likes a joke. I like a joke as much as the next guy, so it's all good.
" Even after she made a quip about him, he didn't say anything negative back. His fellow one-directioner Liam Payne backed him up though and said "
I just thought it was a bit not needed. I mean, you just won an award. It's like, 'Concentrate on yourself!
I, as the prosecutor, believe that Taylor Swift isn't as good of a role model for young girls as the media makes her out to be. She's essentially stuck in a middle-school mindset; her lyrics display girl bashing, anti-gay lyrics, and she makes profit off of details about her past relationships.
Olivia's Opening Statement
Compare to Adele, who's the same age, yet she is in a stable relationship, has a child, and while she writes music about breakups to, she has more variety in her song choices. She's a good body-positive role model for girls to because of how she shows society she can be big and successful at the same time. She's even won six Grammys all at once, tying with Beyonce for most grammys won in a single night.
In “Picture to burn” Taylor says “so go and tell your friends I’m obsessive and crazy that’s fine I’ll tell mine you’re gay..."
I personally wouldn’t take this as a punch towards gay individuals. As a girl, after a breakup that particular guy is everything but the “Prince Charming” you thought you had.
Comparing Taylor to another artist her age doesn’t prove that she’s any less of a great singer/song writer than them. Just because Adele may not give details of her rocky relationships doesn’t make her better, because who’s to say that what she sings are her true emotions?
I think the concept of Taylor's writing is outstanding, not only does she express her raw feelings but she embraces her troubles and mistakes. Her lyrics are evidence that everyone including celebrities experience some of the same issues just as ordinary people do. Perhaps some of Taylor's lyrics are a bit cruel but after-all, she is a girl.
Now sure, she may show through her songs that she goes through things "ordinary" people do to. But do some of the things she sings about make it right though? "Being a voice for many people" should mean that she should set a good example for her young female fans. Bashing another girl for her fashion choices, and publicly making profit off of your breakups aren't good examples. Neither is writing a song (and more like it) in a positive light about trying to get in the middle of someone else's relationship because you think "he belongs with you". That for sure is not a good message for young impressionable girls. If Taylor can get out of this middle school mindset, she could be an even more empowering artist.
Olivia's Closing Statement:
Destiny's Closing Statement:
Olivia's Evidence
Destiny's Evidence
In the 2013 Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were on stage making light jokes about some of the audience, and theres for Taylor was:
Taylor then responded to this joke by saying what they said was sexist and:
"There's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women."
The two later then emphasized that the jokes were supposed to be in light fun, and that they'd felt bad if Taylor was upset. Taylor isn't that good of a role model if she can't have a sense of humor and make light fun of herself.
Taylor's lyrics may not all be 'unicorns and butterfly's" but I believe they are directly from her heart which would make them nothing less than honest.
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