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From Taylor Swift to Jon Stewart, Celebrities Are Getting Called Out for Biases

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Imagine if then-Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac had gently alerted Jon Stewart to his opinion that the host’s impression of Herman Cain “sounded like Kingfish” — and instead of blowing up and dropping an F-bomb, as Stewart reportedly did, the host had taken a beat to think about that critique, and then come back and said, “Hey, you’re right. Let’s drop the impression. Do you have any good ideas for how to target this guy?”
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Decoding Katy Perry’s Ill-Phrased Tweet about Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

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Katy Perry has weighed in on the debate sparked by Taylor Swift’s defensive, tone-deaf exchange with Nicki Minaj, who at the time was calling out pop music’s racial bias in light of yesterday’s VMA nominations. Unfortunately, Perry’s tweet is confusing to read, due to its lack of punctuation and awkward phrasing. Shade can only be as effective as its syntax, after all.
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My Journey Into the Glittering, Hollow Heart of Taylor Swift Fandom

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The first time I laid eyes on Taylor Swift, watching one of those Grammy announcement specials she used to co-host with LL Cool J, I had a viscerally negative reaction. What was it about this young woman’s manner of expression that triggered an instant flashback to the mean girls in the middle school cafeteria, a  memory of the one era of my life I would probably not return to for any amount of money? But then she took out her guitar and began to sing, and I grudgingly admitted: the song was well done, the singer talented.
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