If you’ve seen somebody holding up a sign that begins with, “I am here to … ,” it’s probably for the ‘We are Here’ campaign, spearheaded by Alicia Keys. And in the spirit of this second trial at a positive message via virality (ALS ice bucket challenge being the first), Taylor Swift took a photo with her sign which said, “I am here to SHAKE IT OFF.”
Taylor Swift’s song ‘Shake It Off’ is born out of the constant scrutiny that mostly follows any new music from Taylor, music videos, gossip, or whenever she talks, usually coming from a high volume of random nobodies.
The sign totally makes sense since the picture was taken at the iHeartRadio Music Festival where she performed her new song, but in reality, it goes deeper than just a literal interpretation.
Taylor demonstrates the art of shaking off through strength (haters and fakers) and resiliency (players and heartbreakers).
As the cultural scapegoat for many things in the modern zeitgeist, Taylor has to shake off more things than most people have sanity for. The amount of negative criticism she gets for doing bad or wrong things is grossly disproportionate. In other words, the shit she gets is mostly unwarranted or untrue.
The sign also makes sense, since the primary quality that adds die hards to her growing body of fans daily is the personal connection they feel between them and her.
Whatever it is. Whether it’s because of her songs or personality and whether it’s as a hypothetical big sister, daughter they never had, or even themselves. Whatever. taylorswift is a representation of something close to the heart of her fans, something in which they find the ability to just shake it off.
Taylor may not be the perfect example of letting things go (Better Than Revenge, the video to Picture to Burn, Mean), she’s better. There is a certain balance required. Yeah, you gotta shake it off, but not to the level of being submissive. Respect is needed to level the scale creating a clear line that SOME SHIT ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT FLY.
"We don’t live in just a celebrity take down culture, we live in a TAKE DOWN culture," Taylor said. "You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you, you have to have more fun than they do."
All the buzz around this album, (reactions from critics and fans, “the other albums were just a warm up”) has got me so fucking hyped. And there is a universal agreement that the level of identification with ‘1989’ will be high enough to reach anybody who will listen.
So as her sign stated, Taylor Swift was there to shake it off, but is here as the bona fide, model shaker offer for all of us to take as an example.
Taylor here. I'm locking myself in my room and not leaving until I figure out how to use my Tumblr. Well, I might leave for a second to get a snack or something but that is IT. I am FOCUSED. I have lots of questions, help me.
Taking the next step in the single life - being a Tumblr addict
“And I know people are going to obsess over who it’s about, because they think they have all my relationships mapped out. But there’s a reason there are not any overt call-outs in that song. My intent was not to create some gossip-fest. I wanted people to apply it to a situation where they felt betrayed in their own lives.”—the most important thing Taylor said about her new song “Bad Blood” that should not be ignored (x)
Immediately we’re surrounded by a crush of paparazzi and fans. Even the hot-dog vendors are snapping pictures. As Swift winds her way through the park, the crowd grows larger and more aggressive; it’s a little scary.
But Swift is unfazed. “You want to know a trick to immediately go from feeling victimized to feeling awesome?” she says. She pulls out her phone and hands me the earbuds: “This is my go-to.” She presses play, and Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” fills the speakers.