WATCH: Taylor Swift Gets the Last Laugh Over “Mean” Bullies
By Malaika Reynolds
Taylor Swift takes aim at critics and bullies in her new music video for her new single “Mean.”
The latest song off her album “Speak Now” depicts teens being taunted and harassed by their peers, but eventually becoming triumphant later in life.
A gay teen who is bullied in the football locker room for reading a fashion magazine, becomes a prominent fashion designer. And a girl who gets picked on for wearing a restaurant uniform saves her money for college, to later become a successful career woman.
The songstress sings about the way bullies try to inflict pain on others: “You, with your words like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me. You have knocked me off my feet again got me feeling like I'm nothing.”
While playing the banjo, she adds: “Someday, I’ll be living in a big old city. And all you're ever gonna be is mean.”
The song was reportedly originally a response to a music critic, Taylor felt crossed the line from being constructive to just downright “mean.”
But the response has been divided with criticism over the video.
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