If you’ve been living under a total ROCK and haven’t heard this is happening yet (just kidding probably literally no one has heard about this), Zola Jesus recently threw some major shade at Swifty via Twitter.
This is a piping hot take. Twitter is exploding.
@ZOLAJESUS … sorry to hear she hasn’t discovered or shared your work with her audience yet. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I don’t think you can call it cosplaying when she wrote every song – this is very much her passion project.
— jessica 💕 (@jessicamdelarue) December 11, 2020
Some great points. I started out clearly agreeing with Zola Jesus’ point that Taylor is appropriating the indie DIY asthetic for her expensively produced studio album, but it’s also true that she wrote the songs and it’s her passion project and she has the right to make it look however she wants so, like the Folkore cover, there is a lot of gray area. Also Taylor really has done a lot for the music community in general, namely her short-lived yet noteworthy boycott of Spotify that personally was the single thing that called my attention to artists not being paid fairly from streaming, and most recently her re-recording of her masters. Really rooting for her on the latter.
BTW there are some GREAT beef threads on Twitter, the T-Swift Mafia AKA the Swifties are hard at work:
damn you are a full fledged fan maybe you need to do the texting pic.twitter.com/ZghErk0lcN
— rosie (@californiashoax) December 10, 2020
I was a bit surprised she went through my literally thousands of tweets to find the six or seven ones I’ve made about TS too, but it’s fine. She probably has tons more (I mean, that profile pic), and that’s okay. People like what they like and tweet what they want :)))
— Gonçalo Trindade (@gonch145) December 11, 2020
We will keep you posted as the situation develops. In the meantime here’s some T-Swift for the Swifties and some indie music for the Zola Jesi*: