When you’re a famous public figure like Taylor Swift, your every move is scrutinized, analyzed, and can become controversial. Including her love stories, which the singer sometimes conjures half of her in songs about her. While we much less often enjoy counting singers’ girlfriends, there are waterspouts of articles listing the country’s former sweetheart conquests of America. After Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Conor Kennedy, Harry Styles, Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston or Joe Alwyn, the singer would now be dating Matty Healy.
Who is Matty Healy, Taylor Swift’s controversial new boyfriend?
If you don’t know him, Matthew Timothy Healy by his full name is a 34-year-old British singer-songwriter, musician and producer, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of the rock group 1975. The latter was founded in 2002, and has since then garnered critical acclaim. But the problem is that the rocker is also known for his recurring provocations against minorities. So much so that he has earned a reputation for being Islamophobic and anti-Semitic.
In 2019, for the media Brut Mexico, this fervent atheist stated specifically about religions:
“Today, I honestly think that if you’re devoutly religious – if you’re dogmatically loyal – you should be a little ashamed of yourself. Some religions also annoy me because some racisms are aligned with them.
[Or, Vous] he cannot criticize Islam as a set of ideas…because that would be intrinsically criticizing people. But it’s a social problem because there is Islamophobia, people are sectarian. But these sectarians are mostly heavy and scared people who don’t like racialized people. While I love people, I love racialized people.
I just don’t know when I can be offended. Religious always have the right to be offended: “Oh, we are offended by this, I am offended by that.” I have to get up every day and read heinous things that happened in the name of religion. And I never have a day when I can be offended. … Where are my atheist rights? »
In addition to this embarrassing tirade that particularly affected rebellious Muslims, Matty Healy was also accused of racism following his release in a podcast in February 2023. The Adam Friedland Show Ep.P05. She evokes African-American and Dominican rapper Ice Spice, and wonders if she’s Hawaiian, Inuit or Chinese, before mimicking accents. The previous month, he had been on stage performing a Nazi salute while singing “Thank you Kanye, very cool” (quote from an old tweet by white supremacist idol Donald Trump), then that the rapper had just made anti-Semitic statements and chained racists. Other outings that are ambiguous (such as a “Jew-list” story), disturbing (said to be especially fond of porn involving the humiliation of black women), or explicitly discriminatory abound in Matty Healy’s past, so many Taylor Swift fans se they are asking for it relationship.
Taylor Swift and Matty Healy, an exploitation of indignation for marketing purposes?
While the singer has just released a remix with Ice Spice, at the same time to invite the rocker on stage, part of the internet is rebelling against what seems an instrumentalization of indignation to revive his career. In fact, we can find the timing of the confirmation of this relationship curious, which coincides with the release of the Ice Spice featuring on the song ” Karma by Taylor Swift, right after Matty Healy’s racist remarks about the rapper.
Another part of the Internet sees in this report further evidence that Taylor Swift is a textbook case of white feminism, i.e. a form of race-blind feminism (thus ignoring possible intersections with racism, Islamophobia , anti-Semitism, etc.). The more interventionist supporters even invite him to dissolve as soon as possible and question himself.
Can Taylor Swift still pretend to be politically neutral?
While Taylor Swift has already been heavily criticized in the past for refusing to express her political leanings, and for letting the right and far-right appropriate her image and songs, this new relationship adds a new dimension. to align her life choices with her political ideals. While she has a broad fan base made up of women and LGBT+ people, she continues to perform in states that multiply LGBTIphobic laws, and has said little about the rollback of abortion rights. Only that by dint of wanting to offend someone, cultivating silence and neutrality on almost all political issues, this has above all benefited the dominant (or as well summarized Adele Haenel, depoliticizing the real means repoliticizing it to the advantage of the oppressor »).
Add to that the controversy over the heavy use of her private jet, and we can tell that it’s been a long time since we can doubt Taylor Swift’s progressive commitments. But other voices are also rising to defend the singer, judging it particularly misogynistic of her to expect so much from her, instead of bringing down her boyfriend, racism and anti-Semitism.
The fact that fans and the media are so interested in Taylor Swift’s love life speaks volumes about misogyny
In short, this story of people to the test of social justice also reveals how much the private life, especially the sentimental one, of female pop stars plays on their career, whether they try to exploit it or not. Whether they like it or not, their love affairs are far more scrutinized and can have far more repercussions on their careers than men’s. Leonardo DiCaprio can continue to declare that he is committed to the planet by spending much of his free time on polluting yachts, and above all by dating young blonde women until he reaches the fateful age of 25, without this affecting his perception of his career. And we will write more and more articles (me first) about Virginie Efira, pregnant at 46, than about Al Pacino, 83, who is expecting a new child with his 29-year-old girlfriend, Noor Alfallah.
This case reveals how much talented Taylor Swift is an award-winning, wealthy and influential songwriter, her love life has played a large role in the federation of her fan base who identified with her, demanding far more that she date nice guys than reduce her carbon footprint and be more committed to social justice. As if her love life was taken much more seriously than her political life. All the disappointment aroused by this new relationship illustrates what is called a parasocial relationship: this designates the asymmetrical relationship that ordinary people can maintain in one direction with their idol, knowing a lot about their life, even if the object of their cult is not he knows them at all, or little. And maybe it’s inside this overinvestment in Taylor Swift’s love life (by fans, but also by the media) rather than in her (non)social and political commitments which reveals much of the misogyny of our societies.
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Mary Crossley is an author at “The Fashion Vibes”. She is a seasoned journalist who is dedicated to delivering the latest news to her readers. With a keen sense of what’s important, Mary covers a wide range of topics, from politics to lifestyle and everything in between.