When will people learn that you can't demean and degrade Taylor Swift? She's too smart for all of that ish, and will put anyone who dares squarely in their place.
The latest misguided soul to try is Damon Albarn, famed Britpop singer from iconic garage bands Blur and Gorillaz, who said in a recent interview that Taylor doesn't write her own songs.
Damon must be new 'round here, because he clearly doesn't know jack about the "Bad Blood" and "Shake It Off" songstress, and Taylor (and a million Swifties) gave him an earful.
It all began when Damon told the LA Times about Taylor: "She doesn’t write her own songs.”
LA Times journalist Mikael Wood (who clearly knows his stuff), rightfully corrected Damon, telling him, "Of course she does," then adding that on some tracks, she is also listed as a co-writer.
“That doesn’t count,” Damon replied.
“I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing. I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great. And some of the greatest singers — I mean, Ella Fitzgerald never wrote a song in her life. When I sing, I have to close my eyes and just be in there. I suppose I’m a traditionalist in that sense.”
Taylor was not amused when the news reached her, taking to Twitter to give him a verbal wholloping.
“I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this,” the "Folklore" artist tweeted on Monday. “I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really f***ed up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”
Music producer Jack Antonoff, who has frequently collab'd with Taylor, also had a thing or two to say about this slight.
“I’ve never met damon albarn and he’s never been to my studio,” he tweeted, “but apparently he knows more than the rest of us about all those songs taylor writes and brings in.”
We had to rub our eyes to make sure we weren't dreaming, but this disparaging remark has become an international diplomatic incident, with the *checks notes* President of Chile weighing in on the drama.
Gabriel Boric, who is President-elect of Chile, and was recently outed as a Swiftie, took to Twitter on Monday to encourage Taylor to shake it off.
“Here in Chile you have a huge group of supporters who knows that you write you own songs from the heart. Don’t take seriously guys that need to insult or lie to get attention. Hugs from the south Taylor," he wrote.
Of course, the drama reached a fever pitch on social media, with Swifties and other cultural commentators weighing in on the controversy. Many pointed out that it is a tired sexist cliche for men to diminish the accomplishments of women.
For his part, the "Song 2" hitman listened to the outrage and officially apologized to Taylor an hour later, responding to her tweet.
“I totally agree with you," he wrote. "i had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to clickbait. I apologise unreservedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting. I hope you understand.”
If we see Damon walking around London with a red scarf all of the sudden . . .
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