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Taylor Swift pens candid letter to fans [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2017-11-17 15:21:04 |Display all floors
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'My mistakes have been used against me, my heartbreaks have been used as entertainment and my songwriting has been trivialized as "oversharing."'

The You Belong With Me singer spoke about the 'lovely side' of being a celebrity, noting that she has 'been so lucky to make music for a living and look out into crowds of loving, vibrant people.'

'Here's something I've learned about people.'

Taylor continued: 'We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us.'

The hit maker explained her thought process, speaking on knowing someone as a friend is different than knowing them as a lover, a mother or a secret admirer.

The Grammy winner said: 'We may hear rumors about a person and believe those things to be true.'

Taylor continued: 'We may one day meet that person and feel foolish for believing baseless gossip.'

She then got philosophical in her prologue and spoke on human beings in general.

Taylor wrote: 'We are never just good or just bad.'

Explaining that people 'are mosaics of our worst selves and our best selves,' as well as 'our deepest secrets and our favorite stories to tell at a dinner party, existing somewhere between our well-lit profile photo and our driver’s license shot.'

The star said that after her album Reputation comes out, she knows people will try and match her lyrics with her exes so 'they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test.'

Taylor also touched on the obsession with social media in today's youth and how 'we post photos online to curate what strangers think of us.'

Adding that 'Then we wake up, look in the mirror at our faces and see the cracks and scars and blemishes, and cringe.'

Taylor ended the note with: 'There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation.'

In the brief clip, Taylor talks about how excited she is about performing on SNL but Tiffany interrupts and asks her if any songs are about her on Reputation.

Taylor quips 'well, no' and Tiffany asks her if 'we can pretend that they are?'


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Post time 2017-11-17 15:22:28 |Display all floors
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The full letter:

"We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us. We know our friend in a certain light, but we don't know them the way their lover does. Just the way their lover will never know them the same way that you do as their friend. Their mother knows them differently than their roommate, who knows them differently than their colleague. Their secret admirer looks at them and sees an elaborate sunset of brilliant color and dimension and spirit and pricelessness.

And yet, a stranger will pass that same person and see a faceless member of the crowd, nothing more. We may hear rumors about a person and believe those things to be true. We may one day meet that person and feel foolish for believing baseless gossip. This is the first generation that will be able to look back on their entire life story documented in pictures on the internet, and together we will all discover the after-effects of that.

Ultimately, we post photos online to curate what strangers think of us. But then we wake up, look in the mirror at our faces and see the cracks and scars and blemishes, and cringe. We hope someday we'll meet someone who will see that same morning face and instead see their future, their partner, their forever. Someone who will still choose us even when they see all the sides of the story, all the angles of the kaleidoscope that is you.

The point being, despite our need to simplify and generalize absolutely everyone and everything in this life, humans are intrinsically impossible to simplify. We are never just good or bad. We are mosaics of our worst selves and our best selves, our deepest secrets and our favorite stories to tell at a dinner party, existing somewhere between our well-lit profile photo and our drivers license shot. We are all a mixture of selfishness and generosity, loyalty and self-preservation, pragmatism and impulsiveness. I've been in the public eye since I was 15 years old.

On the beautiful, lovely side of I've been so lucky to make music for a living and look out into crowds of loving, vibrant people. On the other side of the coin, my mistakes have been used against me, my heartbreaks have been used as entertainment, and my songwriting has been trivialized as oversharing.

When this album comes out, gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the men they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test. There will be slideshows of photos backing up each incorrect theory because it's 2017 and if you didn't see a picture of it, it couldn't have happened right?

Let me say it again, louder for those in the back…

We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us.

There will be no further explanation.

There will just be reputation."


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Post time 2017-11-18 02:30:22 |Display all floors
a coin is two sides. we just see the surface or one side.

life is colorful with you.

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Post time 2017-11-19 11:44:29 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Yin_99 at 2017-11-19 11:44

What happened to her?  I may say as a worldly famous artist in pop music, she has to learn to deal with this kind of negative/odd situations right?  Otherwise she could only choose to leave the industry and become an ordinary person.

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Post time 2017-11-20 11:49:59 |Display all floors
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