A bad review of Taylor Swift’s new album revealed this scary fact about her fans

Apr 26, 2024

Taylor Swift has become one of the biggest musicians on the planet.

She’s developed a loyal following of fans known as Swifties. 

And a bad review of Taylor Swift’s new album revealed this scary fact about her fans.

Taylor Swift sends her fans and the media into a frenzy

Pop megastar Taylor Swift has become one of the biggest celebrities in the world.

Her record-breaking Eras Tour sold out stadiums around the globe and her every move generates headlines in the media.

Swift released her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department, without the typical promotion before an album release.

She announced the album after she won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Midnights in February.

This surprise release left her fans, the Swifties, and the media buzzing about the latest work from the groundbreaking artist.

While the album was generally well-received, not all of the critics loved it.

Music publication has to protect author’s identity from angry Swift fans

Positive reviews rolled in for Swift’s album from outlets like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Independent.

But Paste Magazine released one of the rare scathing reviews of The Tortured Poets Department.

The review claimed that the hitmaker struck out with her latest album, calling it uninspiring. 

“But right now, it is obvious that Swift no longer feels challenged to be good. The Tortured Poets Department is the mark of an artist now interested in seeing how much their empire can atone for the sins of mediocrity. Can Swift win another Album of the Year Grammy simply because she released a record during the eligibility period? The Tortured Poets Department reeks of ‘because I can,’ not ‘because I should,’” the Paste review stated.

Paste noted how hard it has become to criticize Swift because of her global celebrity status.

“We are now left at a crossroads. Women can’t critique Swift because they’ll run the risk of being labeled a ‘gender traitor’ for doing so. Men can’t critique her because they’ll be touted as ‘sexist.” And, sure, Swift is probably too easy a punching bag in this case—and most of the time, I would argue she is undeserving of being a victim of such barbs. But, you cannot write about someone being a ‘tattooed golden retriever’ and get away with it and still retain your title as the best songwriter of your generation,” the Paste review added.

The outlet added a note that it was keeping the reviewer’s name anonymous because of threats from Swift’s legion of fans.

“Editor’s Note: There is no byline on this review due to how, in 2019 when Paste reviewed ‘Lover,’ the writer was sent threats of violence from readers who disagreed with the work,” Paste wrote on social media. “We care more about the safety of our staff than a name attached to an article.”

Her fans have been accused of sending threats to her musical critics and even to the ex-girlfriend of her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

The toxicity of some of Taylor Swift’s fan base reveals the dark side of celebrity culture.

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