Taylor Swift Op-Eds + Hayley Williams on Politics

Fangirl Nonsense: We’re asking YOU for your fangirl nonsense! Including One Direction’s leaked unreleased song “Where We Are,” Taylor Lautner’s Sharkboy & LavagIrl TikTok, and a personal anecdote about seeing Tomorrow x Together live. Plus Sara share’s her spiral into Louis Tomlinson fan cam edits. 

Hayley Williams on Politics: During Paramore’s performance at Adjacent Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Hayley Williams took time to address fans’ request for her to speak on politics, and in doing so called out Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who recently announced his presidential bid. We’re talking about the significance of Williams speaking out given the current US political climate.

Taylor Swift Op-Eds: Several articles regarding Taylor Swift’s current position as a superstar amidst fan backlash over her relationship to The 1975’s Matty Healy and her lack of activism have made it to publication this week, in addition to Healy’s own profile in The New Yorker. We’re breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly of this ongoing conversation and where white feminism misses the mark once again. 

Sources for Taylor Swift Op-Eds + Hayley Williams on Politics

Taylor Lautner’s Sharkboy and Lavagirl TikTok (@TaylorLautner on TikTok

One Direction’s unreleased song “Where We Are” 

Louis Tomlinson Fan Cam 

Paramore’s Hayley Williams tells fans they’re “dead to her” if they vote for Ron DeSantis (TikTok: @mysthiq)

What Bills Did DeSantis Sign as He Propelled Florida to the Right? (New York Times, Neil Vigdor, May 24, 2023)

What Bills Did DeSantis Sign as He Propelled Florida to the Right? (New York Times, Neil Vigdor, May 24, 2023)

Ron DeSantis will launch his presidential bid with Elon Musk (NBC News, Dasha Burns and Matt Dixon, May 23, 2023)

Who Is Matty Healy? (New Yorker, Jia Tolentino, May 29)

We Wouldn’t Be Having This Conversation If Taylor Swift Was a Man (Rolling Stone, Angie Martoccio, May 30)

Taylor Swift and Matty Healy Relationship Backlash Reveals the Hypocrisy of Political Critique of Celebrities (Teen Vogue, Chiara Giovanni, May 30)

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When Cultures Collide: Kpop, Western Fans & Fetishization with Dr. Thomas Baudinette

Sensual, Not Sexual: How The Female Gaze Challenges The Patriarchy

Pete Wentz To Harry Styles: How Assumed Queerness Has Changed

Fanfiction But Make it Gay: From the Emo Scene to Larry Stylinson

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