These are depressing times, with COVID-19
being stuck inside a home for months, and now injustices being exposed. With
many tweets, reblogs, stories that talk about these injustices, my mind goes
from rage, hurt, helplessness, and then back to rage. This circle continues
every minute of the day and it is getting worse day by day.
With this frustration I’ve seen some,
actually quite many “fans” calling out Taylor, for keeping “silence” at these
times in her SNS.
Despite understanding the reason and the
anger behind your disappointment, I believe there is anger that might be channeled at
a false image.
This is not to disrespect anyone’s
feelings, rather for us to take a step back and really think about what is
real, and what can be done.
I really have to say, as a fan of her
music, I don’t think she owes us anything. I’ve been awakened by her songs, felt
joy, immense amount of comfort from her songs and when I paid for it, I paid
because I benefited non materialistically so much more from her art. Not to
mention the many more awakenings of the advocating for equality, the voice for
rights, and also of a sense of comfort knowing I’m not alone through my own
struggles which I will immensely be grateful for. She is already my inspiration
for all these changes that I’ve come through with and for that I will always have
respect, admiration and be a fan.
And it ends there. I do not expect her to be
the hero of our generation, I do not expect her to save us from political
injustice, I do not expect her to pave the way for equal rights. I believe that
is something that I cannot ask her to do, it is not within our rights to force
her to be our “leader” just because she has a huge following. This is not a
condition held against her as a fan.
In these saddening times, it seems we are
looking for someone to save the world. Much like the heroic movies we watch on
Marvel, we expect our next superheroine/hero to come save us. But we know
better than that, and that superheroes are not our reality but only a manifestation
of our hopes and desires. The REALITY is, it is US the PEOPLE, EVERY SINGLE ONE
OF US in families, schools, communities, neighborhoods, and across lands that
make CHANGES in our reality. In other words, Taylor Swift is not our heroine,
and she can never be. She may be the culmination of our desires and wishes, as
we have dreamed, but she is not the fictional character that we make up in Marvel
movies. What she actually does, her pure value as an artist I believe (and in
fact is already doing more than any other public figure), is in helping us grow
our desires, and inspire us to change OUR reality through her songs, and her
art. And I am grateful for what she is doing. For that I respect her so much,
as an artist, an activist, and a writer.
BUT again, she is just an individual when
it comes to society, just as much any sort of celebrity is. There is loss in
cultivating an atmosphere of putting celebrities into a heroic figure pedestal
when in reality there can be no such thing. She is not the HEROINE once again.
WE ARE. What we have to remember is she nudged us, including herself as
individuals to push our buttons and be bolder, courageous but she does not owe
us in becoming a heroine herself. It is a ridiculous and flawed concept to
expect her to be the one and put her on a judging ground when there is no such
thing as a heroine. This is not a part I expect from her as a fan, and neither
is her becoming the actual “heroine” herself.
Instead of wandering on tumblr posts,
twitter condemning celebrities, artists and etc for not doing enough, energy
should be channeled toward empowering each other, every single individual
whether it be you yourself, your friend, your family, your enemy, and even your
celebrity. We are all just individuals, but when we stand together our wishes
will be realized just like in the movies. So please, do not expect a heroic
figure in the public eye to suddenly solve a problem, or even condemn them to
do “more”. If they haven’t done anything, yes, we should take it to judgment.
BUT if they have spoken out, whichever way and use whichever methods and amount
to support the movement, judgment should be stopped. Public should not expect a
single individual to live up to a heroic standard. There is really nothing
significant to come from this action as they will never be heroes or heroines.
They are only individuals. The best action is to instead, speak and empower
each other every day and talk to individuals and utilize the pure value of artists
in favor of making real changes. If a musician has spoken out, blast your
speakers and sing Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Price, or The Archer to
empower yourself in your reality. If a writer has written a great article about
issues, read them to be empowered and pull that energy into our real lives to
talk to each other, educate one another, and do whatever method is available
out there whether it be a physical protest, a post on the internet, or just
talking to people around you. There is so much to gain from channeling the
anger into the right direction, which will ultimately change
the reality. Calling out celebrities, or public figures is important when they
haven’t done ANYTHING, but judging them for their methods, and extent has no significant
gain because once again, they will not be our heroes and heroines. Change is in
all single individuals that will talk, create movement, and vote.