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Miss Americana: A Must Watch Documentary of Taylor Swift’s Life

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at CWU chapter.

From singing Love Story in elementary school to Bad Blood in middle school to Reputation in high school, and Lover in college, Taylor Swift has been making music from all genres for over 13 years now. We all know that many people in Hollywood disappear for a while because of their mental health declining from the constant pressure of living in the public eye and a lot of times the public forgets to view these celebrities as humans but rather idols that are constantly dehumanized or villainized. This article will discuss the main points of Taylor Swift’s documentary.

Taylor Swift on stage in colorful jacket
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Taylor Swift’s:

Love for Music

She starts off the documentary by saying that one of the reasons she loves to make music is her ability to connect with her fans because of it. She’s been making music for over 13 years now so surely her fan base would grow and learn about her mistakes through listening to her music. She is able to connect with over 100 million people and talk about love, heartbreak, her reputation, etc. Her lyrics talk about her life experiences. 

Family

Taylor Swift and her mom are the ultimate mother-daughter goals. She explains in the documentary that she realized that paying attention to hate comments didn’t matter when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Her mom is her everything and is always there to support her during all of her shows and they have a very open relationship with each other.

Hate

Kanye West went on stage during her VMAs speech and said Beyonce was better than her when she was only 17. Kanye posted a video of him on stage saying the line “I feel like Taylor Swift still owe me sex / Why? I made that b*tch famous.” A video follows that of the crowd saying “F*ck Taylor Swift!” With #taylorswiftisoverparty trending #1 on twitter.  She also has made songs like “Me” and “Delicate” to address the hate and has said that nobody saw for her a year. She spent a lot of her life in the public eye wanting to be viewed as a “good girl” and someone that never gets in trouble when in reality it’s inevitable that trouble will follow and problems will occur. She tries her best to exude positivity but is constantly torn down for her physical appearance or words that she says. Being in the public eye is not easy because satisfying everyone is just not possible.

Political Views

In the documentary, there is a clip of her saying that she thinks people would rather hear her sing about breakups than speak about her political views. The older she got, the more she realized her voice can make an impact. In her music video for “ME”, she shows Gay pride and has a petition for her fans to sign the Gender Equality Act. She also states in a lot of her speeches to go vote and speak your mind, because you never know who is listening and may actually become educated by what you have to say.

 

Overall, the documentary sheds new light on the name “Taylor Swift” and says that being in the public eye for over a decade can be extremely hard with the tons of negativity that you face. However, there is a light at the end of every dark tunnel and the road to happiness is definitely rocky and will take a long time. But, with the support of family, friends, and fans, she is able to find positivity and love when times can be tough. 

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