Taylor Swift's Reputation

Taylor Swift's Reputation

Her new album AND her literal reputation

Let me talk about something that is a very relevant topic at the moment: Taylor Swift. Her new album Reputation came out last week and instantly broke the 2017 record for reaching the highest amount of albums sold in the shortest amount of time (700,000 copies in the first day). Ever since her transition from innocent country to this new mysterious pop, her reputation (pun intended) is very controversial. I am here to explain why even though “the old Taylor Swift is dead," Taylor Swift still needs to be recognized for her extreme generosity and kindness towards her fans.

Taylor Swift is known for stalking her fans (dubbed tay-lurking) on social media and leaving comments, liking photos, and retweeting. People are constantly freaking out over the fact that she will take time to respond to them or randomly keep up with her fans.

Once in awhile, Taylor Swift will receive fan mail or find someone special and go above and beyond the expectations. She has shown up to the weddings she has been invited to, she will send personalized Christmas gifts to her most dedicated fans, will show up to a fan’s door for a dance party, or do anything to brighten a fan's day

On tour, she is known for creating the best experience for fans by personally picking out or recruiting her mom and staff to find enthusiastic fans in the audience. Those people get passes to meet Taylor backstage after the show! These secret meetings that have been named after her or her album,T-Parties, Club Red, and Loft ‘89, and they are more than a quick photo. The lucky fans get special merchandise, a look backstage, and free food. Then the moment of truth...they get to talk to Taylor, meet her, hug her, take a picture with her and of course get her autograph!

For the past two albums, she has also found her most dedicated fans and invited them to her Secret Sessions. Fans are brought to one of her apartments or houses to hang out with her, get a tour of her house, meet her cats, eat her famous cookies, and best of all...listen to a live private concert of her new album before anyone else! What celebrities invite fans to their HOMES???

And of course, like most celebrities, Taylor Swift is known for doing good around the world with her charitable donations and visiting organizations like children’s hospitals to give back to the community, which she should be doing, considering the fact that she has made an extreme revenue from her music and brand.

Believe me, I am not oblivious to the unnecessary Twitter drama she sometimes gets involved in or her multiple boyfriends she has been known to dump and write songs about (which by the way...literally every artist writing about love is doing anyway). When "Look What You Made Me Do" came out, you know that she was not trying to hide the several stabs at the people who wronged her. Honestly, she is a genius of a business woman for making her opinions known and creating curiosity about her upcoming album, even if it does contribute to the drama. I know many people would disagree, but I think that she gets too much crap sometimes for things that most celebrities do anyway! The occasional stupid-celebrity-drama aside, she is a genuine, humble celebrity that many people look up to.

Yes, I am bias in the fact that I have been a fan for over a decade (or a Swiftie as we are called). She could become a rapper or make an objectively awful album, and I still probably would love her and her music. You don’t have to agree with me about her music, but everyone should know that although she might be putting on this “I don’t care” and “snake” persona for her album, she is still an extremely caring and smart celebrity who deserves more credit than most people are aware of.

And by the way, if you have not been one of the millions of people to listen to her new album, I suggest you give it a try. There are some very catchy songs, and I was pleasantly surprised. My personal favorites so far: "Call it What You Want," "New Year’s Day," "Gorgeous," and "End Game" (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future).

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness


What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst


It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen


Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad


Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin


Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate


Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny


More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body


Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 


Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.


I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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Does “Star Wars” Need To Scrap The New Trilogy?

Have fans had enough? Should it keep going or start over?


I have loved "Star Wars" since my parents sat me and my brother down and watched them. I instantly found myself clinging to it like a little kid clings to a teddy bear. Only thing is, once the kid grows older and more mature, they'll let go eventually. I have yet to let go of Star Wars to nobodies surprise. To fans everywhere, Star Wars is more than a toy lightsaber or more than just a movie. It's a childhood tradition, a nostalgic trip, something to hold onto as they grow older. It showed them that anyone from anywhere can be a good guy and save the day. That there is potential in all of us to do good, however its up to us to act on it.

That being said, ever since Disney had acquired the film in 2012 (man what a year) they have been attempting to put their stamp on the franchise. It's worked too! But maybe not in the way that they imagined. Many people feel like the new movies aren't doing the franchise justice. When "The Force Awakens" came out, people were hyped! They were excited! It shattered box office records all over the globe and made over 1 billion dollars worldwide. While most people liked it, there were quite a few who didn't. I've talked with several folks about it and what it boils down to is that the movie was, at its core, a remake of "A New Hope", Rey was a "Mary Sue" (someone with no faults), and it was overall a safe movie. They didn't take any big risks or changed a vital part of the mythology or anything. Enter "The Last Jedi". This was the complete opposite, many including myself, feel it ruined several of the already established characters.


They killed Luke, Snoke, and Captain Phasma. Rian Johnson, the director of "Last Jedi", wanted to put his on spin on the movies, while J.J. Abrams, who did "Force Awakens" clearly set up a story behind all of these people to be uncovered in later installments. I feel like Disney is just winging the Star Wars franchise. They aren't carefully considering what the effects of their choices will impact other movies. When planning a franchise like this, it is wise to take a step back to try to see what you're trying to accomplish. J.J I think did this very well, he wanted story to flow through the new trilogy, while Johnson just wanted to surprise audiences with his choices and didn't look to see how that would effect Episode 9. I believe very few of Johnsons choices actually will have a positive effect on the next movie.

Should they start over? I would say no, because we do not know the outcome of the story yet, but if Episode 9 bombs next year, then the sequel trilogy is going to take home the award of worst trilogy in the saga. You won't ever be able to go back and completely change the movie. Disney won't do it, even if they had an idea on how to do it, the projects would cost too much money. However, if fans can overcome their hate for prequels and find stuff to love in those movies, then they can do the same in the sequels. Might take a little bit, but as the movies have shown in times past, good things happen to those who wait.

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