Celebrities & fans Turn against her
Stars, fans and critics turn against Taylor Swift after the release of her revenge song.
The crowd gathered outside a Martha’s Vineyard church on Sept. 2 was hoping to catch a glimpse of Taylor Swift, who was serving as a pal’s bridesmaid. But instead of greeting her admirers on the way out, the singer had her security team hold up a black sheet that shielded her from view as she ducked into an SUV. The young fans began to boo. “Very disappointing,” yelled one woman. “Not cool!”
It’s the kind of reaction Taylor’s not used to hear- ing — but suddenly, she’s getting it a lot these days. Since she released the revenge anthem “Look What You Made Me Do” on Aug. 24, she’s faced a barrage of criticism from fans, fellow celebrities and music critics. What Taylor intended as a meticulously planned strike against her enemies has backfired. An insider says, “Taylor was prepared for some backlash” from the people she targeted for revenge, like Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. “But her whole plan blew up in her face! Other celebs, respected music critics and even fans are slamming her. She expected much more support and is shocked and upset by how many people turned against her.”
WORST OF HER CAREER
Critics tore the song apart, with USA Today calling it her “biggest letdown yet” and entertainment site Vulture calling it “the worst music of her career .” though the single
The harsh backlash against Taylor Swift and her latest music leaves the singer reeling
did top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, many longtime fans were horrified. “I miss the old Taylor,” tweeted one, while another called the chorus “beige and trashy.” Even Ashley Tisdale seemed to call out Taylor, 27, tweeting, “When we have artists targeting each other for the sake of controversy, the art suffers.” Taylor promptly released the second single — “... Ready for It?” — from her Nov. 10 album, Reputation, which met with kinder reviews from critics but was widely mocked online for featuring Taylor attempting to rap.
All the negativity has been hard for Taylor to shake off. “She’s been crying on the phone to old pals like Selena Gomez,” says a source. “Friends are worried about her.” They’re trying to be supportive. When Taylor first told pals she was going to get revenge on her enemies in her music, some warned there would be a backlash, says the source, and suggested taking the high road for a change. “But Taylor ignored them and said she doesn’t care what people think.”
Turns out, she does. And as the album’s release date nears, she’s getting uncharacteristically nervous. “The revenge songs on the album only get worse,” notes the insider. “Taylor wanted to create a storm, but losing fans is her worst nightmare.”
Major Miscalculation “Taylor thought fans would love the strength in her new song, but instead some people think she is a bully,” says an insider. “She looks really petty.”