Majority of responses to articles that express her reasoning is that of distaste and loss of respect, saying that she does what she does for money, money she doesn’t necessarily need because of her popularity. Many say that a “true artist” should present their work free of charge, arguing that a “true artist” only cares to be heard, and to satisfy an audience. Creating art for financial gain is disgusting and completely contrary to any form of artistic integrity.
However, a curious take on this issue would arise from a simple, yet hilariously, complexly philosophical question: what does it mean to be free? A Christian Living class would tell you to be free is being able to choose to not do something, and although that’s a nice answer, it’s not the relevant one. The people disgusted by Taylor Swift obviously regard cost in its economic aspect. Cash. Money. Currency. That is what cost is. Although the accusations aren’t wrong to say that money counts as a cost, we can still say that they are wrong anyway.
- Daisy Yan
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