Admit it--you all were just waiting to see Taylor Swift's performance at the 2010 VMAs Sunday night. Or Kanye West's. Or, probably, both. But because this is a country music-related blog, let's limit our analysis to Taylor.
You know what, I'm a big Taylor fan. I admire what a poised and genuinely dedicated artist she is--she is one of the few famous folks out there whose kindness does not seem saccharine.
To hell with all this forgiveness and sweetness and light. I'm done with hugs, kisses, flowing frocks...I want Bad Taylor to come out.
I want Nasty Taylor, the one wearing the brown wig and slinky dress in the "You Belong With Me" video, to come out. I want her to channel Miranda Lambert--you know, crazy Miranda; the "To a hammer everything looked like a nail" Miranda. I want some good ol' fashioned, country-girl-done-wrong, butt-whuppin'. Is that too much to ask?
I wanted Bad Taylor back when she hosted Saturday Night Live last November. I wanted her to go to town; put aside her angelic image with the help of a cast of sharp writers and an audience already bloodthirsty to her advantage.
Instead, I got a few cute quips and an air-kiss delivered to Taylor Lautner.
I wanted Bad Taylor when she hosted a webchat revealing details of her new album. Just one mention of bitterness would have been welcome.
Instead, I learned where she purchases her headbands and what kind of coffee she likes to drink.
I wanted Bad Taylor last week, when Kanye went on an inane Twitter rant, telling the world how he's been hung out to dry and he's so, so sorry--a mere few days before his comeback performance at the 2010 VMAs. This requires no explanation--it was too easy to expect something in return. Know what I mean?
Instead...wait for it...I got Taylor ignoring the whole thing in lieu of cheering on Notre Dame's Fighting Irish--her little brother's school--with equally pert pal Selena Gomez.
I felt kind of hopeful when I read gossip noting that she was really annoyed by all of this recent crap. I got really kind of excited when I heard she was rumored to have a song all ready and written for Kanye.
"Who you are is not what you did."
This is all in character and, actually, I'm not really surprised. If anything, it does show that Taylor Swift is who you think she is. Which is--a good person. A classy person. Nothing bad.
But okay--I'll say it one more time. I wanted her to be BAD. As Kanye himself said, in his own performance later in the night: "You've been putting up with my s--t way too long." Yeah.
Taylor, you don't need my permission, but you have it: You can be bad and I'll still like you. I promise.
Were you hoping for--finally--a biteback too? Be sure to let me know what you think.
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