Has Taylor Swift been under a literal rock for most of 2017?
There are plenty of things people love about Taylor Swift. There are also plenty of things people don’t love about Taylor Swift. Regardless of which camp you may fall into, there’s one thing we can all agree on: 2017 was not, in fact, a banner year. For anyone.
Well, anyone except Taylor Swift apparently.
After wrapping up a performance during the Jingle Ball in London this week, “bad bitch” Taylor shared the following Instagram photo.
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I love you guys so much. This was a photo @paul_sidoti took at @capitalofficial Jingle Bell Ball in London a few days ago. I couldn’t have asked for a better year, all thanks to you. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Can’t wait to see what 28 will be like. See you on tour 😄
“I couldn’t have asked for a better year.” Umm. Are you sure you mean this year? As in, 2017? Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Everything Sucks? I mean, good for you Taylor, that you’re safely ensconced in your bubble of personal happiness, but that just simply isn’t the case for, well, anyone else.
While it may seem like just an innocent Instagram post where Taylor is just sharing her love and gratitude for her fans — and it very well might just be that — the internet was not having it. So Twitter will see her Best Year Ever and raise her one endless internet roast.
— billboard (@billboard) December 14, 2017
The initial tweet quoting Taylor was shared by Billboard, and just went off from there — with many people calling out her privilege.
I mean, yeah there were Nazi's and white supremacy marches, and families are being town apart, and there were mass shootings, and people are losing health care, but none of that affects me, so 2017 was great!— Rich E (@kaspe_r11) December 14, 2017
She could not be more self-absorbed or tone deaf… https://t.co/hAPWO4GAlM
— Nancy BeneckiHawkins (@nbenecki) December 14, 2017
Meanwhile, on Earth 2: https://t.co/gMreUpzKTI
— Margaux Larre-Perez (@mrgxprz) December 14, 2017
remember when the president of the united states imposed a travel ban https://t.co/ioghsFbQJw
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) December 14, 2017
every year is amazing when you don’t concern yourself with politics, climate change and other things that directly affect your fans even though you have one of the biggest platforms available in music to say something about them https://t.co/OmT7CHybpl
— Ricci's Only Happy When He's Up On The Stage (@Riccipad) December 14, 2017
Taylor Swift fans were quick to defend her and chalk it all up to her being happy about how her 27th year on earth went. Or something.
Gasp Taylor Swift’s personal life was good this year, clearly she isn’t paying attention to the rest of the world.— 𝚝𝚊𝚢𝚕𝚘𝚛 ♡ (@swiftswriting) December 14, 2017
Saying your personal year was good says literally nothing about the social/political state. A year can be shit socially but good to you regarding personal growth.
👏👏👏 Exactly!!! Her personal life was good this year and she should be allowed to enjoy that 🎉 pic.twitter.com/qNImGndVOz— gabriel ♡ (@taylenaspears) December 14, 2017
Maybe she’s happy about her new boyfriend, her album sales, and a bunch of other fun things that only happen in Taylor Swift Land. Regardless, this statement here does a pretty good job of summing up why Billboard’s tweet garnered so much backlash: