Taylor Swift – Corporate Whore

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#tayforhottest100 was a storm in a teacup. Now she’s been disqualified however, there seems to be a pattern forming in the leaves that remain silted at the bottom.

To recap: some dizzy nitwit nominated Taylor Swift for the Triple J Hottest One Hundred and teenyboppers nation-wide, in between snapping selfies, decided this was the kind of insurrection they wanted.

Some wanted to see her at the top of the popular alternative music list which, in previous years, has hosted Nirvana, Joy Division, Jet, etc.

While no one over the age of fourteen wanted to see it happen, keeping Taylor out reeked of pettiness, elitism and snobbery, so people tried not to get upset about it and look the other way.

It’s a simple argument, but it bears repeating. Triple J is dedicated to playing a broad cross-section of ‘alternative’ music. That means it plays music that challenges, rather than supports, the status quo.

Other voices and other ideas are presented, and when you’re talking about consumerism and body image (to pick the two most glaringly obvious issues), many people believe that an alternative isn’t simply a good thing – it’s vital.

Ultimately, Swift was disqualified from the running because Kentucky Fried Chicken, one of the leading purveyors of poisoned food made from tortured animals, became involved in her campaign.

The whole thing probably wouldn’t have qualified for airspace on this blog if it hadn’t been for the disqualification, whose irony has a touch of the Gore Vidal about it. To be honest, that irony can only be described as delicious.

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