cover art for the soundtrack of a game that doesnt exist
I want to take today’s post to stand up for Taylor and the YNTCD Music Video and song itself. Of course there’s always someone with something to say about her music. This time it is criticism saying that she is a fake ally because she is profiting off of the LGBTQ+ community with the message of her song and video. From what I’ve read, a lot of the criticism is saying that she has not always been a vocal supporter of this community, and so when she all of a sudden decides to drop a song and an accompanying music video that so happens to be during pride month, it seems as though it is just done as a marketing ploy and not to actually support the LGBTQ+ community. Now, my first instinct is to say that I “get it” and I understand where this criticism comes from. However, as white, straight, cis female, I CAN’T get it. I DON’T get to have an opinion here. I would like to have my thoughts heard. Still, as someone that isn’t a part of the LGBTQ+ community, I have tried over my lifetime to be the best ally I can be. What that means I am not entirely sure. I feel as though the term “ally” means different things to different people. For me, that has been to love and support my LGBTQ+ friends and family in their life endeavors and choices. To stand up for them, to be by their side as they fight hate, to be someone when they need it. That has been what I consider an ally for myself. I speak up when I feel it is necessary, and I feel like that is what Taylor is doing now. Yes, she hasn’t openly professed her support for the community via songs or videos before in her career, however I don’t think that means she can’t ever do that. There are artist like Gaga who are very big figures to the LGBTQ+ community and fandoms, and one could argue that they have made music that they have made profits from showing their support of the community. The big argument I want to make in Taylor’s favor is what else she has been doing. She has shown her support far beyond making this song and this video. Most recently she started a petition on change.org to have the equality act passed after she sent a letter to her state rep demanding change. She has openly worked along side the Trevor Project and GLAAD, and after YNTCD came out the donations to GLAAD spiked. THAT to me is showing she is trying to be the best ally she can. Obviously she will profit from this song, and this video, and eventually her album, but does that have to mean that she has malicious intent? That she can’t be an ally because of that? I just don’t think that is fair. She put out a video and a song that are powerful. Think about the fact that there are probably fans of hers that aren’t very familiar with the LGBTQ+ community. That maybe don’t know any openly gay, lesbian or trans people. Think about what it’s like for them to hear a song like this, after maybe being one of those people that wrote a nasty comment about someone they don’t understand, and then they see her music video and realize it’s not something to be afraid of. It’s something that should be celebrated. Taylor made a big impact here, whether it is the “right way” or not. I celebrate her for this song and this video because I think both are very important right now.