Taylor Swift has done it again! She has released a song that is so remarkably catchy even the hipsters will hate to love it. Swift released the music video for “Shake it Off” last week, and has already topped the Billboard charts and set records. Although some cannot stand the county gone pop singer, it is hard to deny the message of Swifts latest song.

 

 

The tune begins “I stay up too late, got nothing in my brain/ That’s what people say, that’s what people say/ I go on too many dates, but I can’t make them stay/ At least that’s what people say, that’s what people say.” It shows Swift’s attitude toward what the “haters” have to say, and regardless what they think of her, she’s not going to let them get her down. As a role model to thousands of young fans, this is a powerful message, one where Swift is willing to make fun of herself, and still be confident despite what others think.

 

Swift crawls through a tunnel of twerkers in her video for “Shake it off” (usmagazine.com)

In the video, Swift is surrounded by groups of talented dancers, including ballerinas, break-dancers, and, of course, twerkers. In the midst of all those dancers, you have Swift unable to master the moves, but instead, unabashedly doing her own thing. The video was criticized for its potential to be offensive, specifically because of its use of black women tweaking. In reality, Swift was trying to highlight the beauty of different forms of dance (although some would argue crawling through a tunnel of twerkers is not the best way to do that). In an interview about the video Swift explained,

“It takes a long time to figure out who you are and where you fit in in the world. I’m putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I’m having fun with it, but not fitting in. They’re doing the most beautiful things, and I’m being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually you will.”

 

As the mega-star is always under the public eye, one has to put themselves in her shoes. Being constantly scrutinized for every little thing one does would drive anyone mad, but Swift takes it in stride and dismisses the comments about her boy troubles and awkward dance moves. Instead of listening to what those who do not know her have to say, she makes a video that is meant to inspire people to be themselves and dance like no one is watching.

 

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