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Because She Doesn’t Like Blondes? @ahzimm Attacks @taylorswift13

Posted on | January 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Because She Doesn’t Like Blondes? @ahzimm Attacks @taylorswift13

When was the last time I paid attention to Taylor Swift? Almost a year ago, when those lesbian rumors were swirling around:

Every feminist on Tumblr is certain that Taylor is dating lesbian supermodel Karlie Kloss. As a Neutral Objective Journalist, of course, I’d have to see video proof before I’d believe that bizarre rumor, but if Cara Delevingne can be gay, everybody is gay, and in 2016, any self-respecting feminist would be embarrassed to admit she is heterosexual.

Just tabloid gossip, they said, but who knows, huh? Anyway, I went back to ignoring Taylor Swift and then today I saw this:


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Is this just some kind of cheap traffic-trolling trick? “Hey, let me throw a major celebrity under the feminist bus and see if I can’t get about 10,000 Facebook shares.”

The writer, Amy Zimmerman, is a recent graduate of Columbia University, so maybe she’s desperate to prove her traffic-generating prowess to her editors at The Daily Beast. Also — and there’s probably no delicate or politically correct way to say this — Amy Zimmerman is a swarthy Jew who seems obsessed with Taylor Swift’s gentile blondeness. This is not irrelevant to the content of Zimmerman’s attack:

As a pretty white girl who has written songs that rely heavily on fiddles, Swift undoubtedly counts a healthy handful of Trump supports among her fan base. In fact, the so-called alt-right has crowned Swift as the Aryan prom queen of their burgeoning neo-Nazi movement. The Daily Stormer—deemed a “neo-Nazi website” by The Southern Poverty Law Center—has published articles like “Taylor Swift, Avatar of European Imperialism,” “Aryan Goddess Taylor Swift: Nazi Avatar of the White European People,” and “Aryan Goddess Taylor Swift accused of Racism for Behaving Like an Ape in a Music Video.” Andrew Anglin, the site’s white supremacist founder, explained that, “Taylor Swift is a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry.” . . .
If you’re not overtly on board with the resistance, then you’re tacitly chill with being proclaimed an Aryan goddess. If you refuse to denounce your “alt-right” supporters, you risk alienating all of your queer, trans, black, Latino, undocumented, Muslim, and indigenous fans. Taylor Swift’s patriotic one-pieces might transition well to Donald Trump’s America, but her penchant for opting out of the political discourse is already passé.


Is it Taylor Swift’s fault she’s got neo-Nazi fanboys?

Or rather, is it Taylor Swift’s fault she’s a blue-eyed blonde?

These two phenomena are related, you see. The neo-Nazis like Taylor Swift for her blondeness, and it’s her blondness (“a pretty white girl”) that makes Taylor Swift suspect in the paranoid mind of Amy Zimmerman. Therefore, Taylor Swift must get “on board with the resistance,” or else she will stand accused of being pro-Nazi.

By the way, what’s with this “resistance” rhetoric? Ed Morrissey:

In a self-governing republic with established democratic processes, there is no honorable role for “resistance.” What are they “resisting,” especially before the new administration even takes office? Free and fair elections — the kind that this particular group hadn’t lost in twelve years. They only believe in elections when it gives them access to power.
Rather than take on the honorable and difficult task of the opposition party and rebuild themselves for future success, some on the Left have decided that they’re victims of oppression. To excuse that and their actions that have followed, they now wrap themselves in the mantle of the free French in World War II, or perhaps more relevantly, those few and brave dissidents in actual dictatorial regimes like Cuba. That’s not only ridiculous, it’s an insult to those who have had to fight true oppression and who had self-governance stripped from their hands, to the extent they had it at all. . . .
The “resistance” styles itself as anti-fascist, but they are the fascists. They don’t like the outcome of the election, and now they want to seize power by force and intimidation.

Yes, and here’s my hunch about Amy Zimmerman’s attack on Taylor Swift: It’s all about playing victim. She attacks Taylor Swift, poking at the “Aryan goddess” angle, and then waits for a deluge of anti-Semitic comments that she can then cite as “proof” that Taylor Swift’s fans are all a bunch of Trump-supporting neo-Nazis. All she needs is a couple of online death threats, and then she can do the Anita Sarkeesian/Zoe Quinn courageous victim-of-misogyny martyr trip — she’ll be giving TED talks and signing a book contract within a matter of weeks.

This kind of stuff has become tediously predictable. Feminists have become so accustomed to having everything their own way that any dissent is automatically condemned as “hate” or, as in the case of Taylor Swift, a feminist is condemned because she’s not feminist enough to satisfy the demands of some recent Columbia grad at the Daily Beast.



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