You're scrolling through Instagram and suddenly, you come across a Taylor Swift photo. Maybe it's a snap of her cats, a squad pic full of leggy models, or a good 'ole shot from her 1989 tour. You click on the "comment" icon, scroll through your emojis, and post a few dozen snakes to her page. You are officially a hater.
Of course, if you've been keeping up with the news, you know you can't do that anymore. There are only six posts on the 27-year-old's Instagram page. Three are about her new music and three videos are of (wait for it) snakes. And this is when you realize that it's Taylor Swift's world and you're only living in it.
Over the years, the "Blank Space" singer has gotten a bit of a bad reputation. Coincidentally (or not), that's also the name of her upcoming album. The cliché way to diss the Grammy-winning singer went from saying she dates too many guys (eye roll) to calling her a "snake." But, where did this diss come from? And why is she now using it to market her music?
As far as we can tell, the "Taylor Swift is a snake" narrative stems from the drama surrounding Kim Kardashian releasing audio footage of Taylor listening to Kanye West's controversial single, "Famous." The rapper sang the infamous lines: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b–ch famous." After the song was released, Taylor's rep accused him of promoting a "strong misogynistic message." Only problem was Kanye said she gave her "blessing" to the track, and then later wife Kimmy came with receipts. That's when the Internet came for Taylor.
So, here's the problem we have with this story. Taylor was right in the fact that she never heard Kanye try to take credit for her fame. Say what you want about the singer, but she is one of the most successful of our generation. Just look at her net worth. And she took a moment when she won Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys for her 1989 album to set the record straight.
"I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," she told the audience and her fans. "But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you’re going, you will look around and you will know — it was you, and the people who love you, who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world."
Now, if you still feel the need to call her a snake, we have news for you: Taylor was born in 1989, otherwise known as the year of the snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. So, the joke's on you.