Miss Americana review: The media made you hate Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift has been a name that’s dominated pop music for over a decade. Since her debut at the age of 16, every part of Swift’s life has been exploited and covered by the media. Because of this, people around the world either love her or hate her. 

In the new documentary “Miss Americana” released on Netflix, Swift gives an intimate look into her life and her recent revelations. “Miss Americana” begins with Swift sharing her personal desire to be thought of as righteous and pure good.

As a young naive girl, she made decisions based solely on the approval of others. She explains she become the person everyone wanted her to be in every aspect of her life. Along with sharing her insecurities, Swift speaks up about having an eating disorder and how the media contributed to it.

I think it’s important for Swift to speak on how her happiness was controlled by her audience and the damage it created for her self esteem. Self-esteem is something everyone struggles with and when a celebrity who is expected to have all the confidence in the world shares those same insecurities it makes you feel less lonely. Image is a big unrealistic standard in pop culture that needs to be kicked to the curb.

“Those pats on the head were all I lived for,” said Swift. 

The documentary continues with Swift sharing other personal events in her life. She shares her mother’s diagnosis of cancer, her sexual assault case and falling in love. The exact moment Swift finally gets political is also documented in “Miss Americana”. Swifts posted on Instagram in 2018 endorsing two Democratic candidates in her hometown of Tennessee. She explains she feels she must do something and speak out because of Republican Senate incumbent, Marsha Blackburn who has voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and is against gay marriage. 

“I can’t see another commercial and see her disguising these policies behind the words “Tennessee Christian values”. Those aren’t Tennessee Christian values. I live in Tennessee. I am Christian. That’s not what we stand for,” said an emotional Swift. 

“Miss Americana” is an eye-opening documentary that displays Swift’s life in the spotlight as she grows up and becomes a celebrity who learns to use her platform.