College Student’s Feminist Twitter Take on Taylor Swift Goes Viral

A college student’s feminist Twitter take on Taylor Swift has gone B-list viral, attracting a sudden spate of fans and media attention.

Clara Beyer, a rising senior at Brown University, launched FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) last week. It has already amassed almost 100,000 followers.

The Twitterverse is abuzz over Beyer’s parody account for its content: a steady stream of tweets re-imagining the lyrics of a certain A-list singing sensation. Specifically, the Twitter bursts put a progressive, female empowerment spin on the more traditional hooks and choruses Swift’s fans know by heart.

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One example of Beyer’s work is a send-up of Swift’s smash single “Love Story.” At one point during the pop ballad, Swift sings, “‘Cause you were Romeo / I was a scarlet letter / And my daddy said stay away from Juliet / But you were everything to me / I was begging you please don’t go.”

By comparison, on FeministTaylorSwift, the lyrics now go something like this: “You were Romeo / I was a scarlet letter / Because I’ve had, like, 6 boyfriends / Which isn’t even that many / Slut shaming is a real problem.”

One more example, this one from the Swift hit Today Was a Fairytale. A portion of the original song: “Today was a fairytale / I wore a dress / You wore a dark gray T-shirt / You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess.”

Beyer’s revamp: “Today was a fairytale / I wore a dress / You respected me anyway / Because my femininity has nothing to do with how seriously you take me.”

As Beyer explained to BuzzFeed, “I consider myself a feminist, and I blog about that kind of thing all the time, but I also LOVE Taylor Swift. Being a feminist Taylor Swift fan isn’t always easy.”

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According to The Washington Post, Beyer is among “those who find some unsettling themes in Swift’s songs and question whether she’s such a great role model after all — whether she’s someone who perpetuates the belief that there’s only one way to be a ‘good girl’: to be passive and ‘pure,’ to wait patiently in the tower for a prince instead of being her own hero.”

Beyer is the latest hero in a Twitterverse that often rewards quality parodies. As former USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent Matthew Kenwright wrote last June, there are “hundreds of accounts that parody and role-play as public figures, celebrities and characters. The phenomenon entertains countless Twitter users.”

The irony embedded within the current phenomenon: A college student is making more Taylor Swift news than Taylor Swift herself.

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