Swift Back­lash

Celebri­ties & fans Turn against her

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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.”

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