Taylor Swift NYT Article Draws Outrage From Fans

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that”. An iconic episode of Seinfeld brought this tagline into the pop culture lexicon as the titular star of the 80’s sitcom balanced denial of his homosexuality against the specter of homophobia.

Fans of pop singer superstar Taylor Swift (“Swifties”) are ready to storm The New York Times with torches and pitchforks following an op-ed piece suggesting she may be ‘queer’.

The piece is written by Anna Marks and suggests that Swift’s lyrics both directly and indirectly point to lesbian tendencies. Marks claims that messages in her music are similar to coded signals that the LGBTQIA+ community use amongst themselves: “Whether she is conscious of it or not, Ms. Swift signals to queer people — in the language we use to communicate with one another — that she has some affinity for queer identity”. She also points to other evidence, such as rainbow-colored dresses Swift has worn.

Many Swifties have taken to X and other platforms to express their outrage at the unsubstantiated piece.

Swift’s spokespeople have issued a statement calling the piece “Invasive, untrue and inappropriate.” Swift is currently in a heterosexual relationship with Kansas City Chiefs football player Travis Kelsey.

Many of the same fans offended by the speculation about Swift are on the same sheet of music with her politically, so to speak. This means that Swift’s possible LGBTQIA++ status should not be upsetting.

Others note that regardless of one’s opinions on LGBTQIA+ issues, the ethics of the Times in running Marks’s piece are suspect. The problem for many is whether a platform of such magnitude should be used to “think out loud” about issues which may be deeply private.

While early in her career Swift tended to stay out of the political arena, she has in recent years been outspoken in favor Democrat causes and candidates. Her music has clearly reflected her support for the LGBTQIA+ agenda. Swift’s 2019 song “You Need to Calm Down” references LGBTQIA+ issues quite plainly, and its music video stereotypes conservative Christian protestors as hateful and unsophisticated:

“Why are you mad?
When you could be GLAAD?
Sunshine on the street at the parade
But you would rather be in the dark ages
Making that sign must’ve taken all night

And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate
‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay so”

Reviewers of left-leaning persuasion have projected gay themes in many of her songs.