POP CULTURE: Taylor Swift’s Legs & Climate Change

POP CULTURE: Taylor Swift’s Legs & Climate Change

a major release of the Antarctic Ice Sheet recently melted and fell into the sea the planet is in profound trouble environmental organizations keep trying to get us to notice a few people care a lot but strangely and shamefully most people are much more concerned with other lesser things in an average week worldwide there are nearly a million articles about Taylor Swift and many of them are focused on her legs feelings way and there are just 30,000 articles about those Antarctic ice sheets Swift’s legs are lovely in ways that seem to defy description somehow they look ordinary yet perfect their long yet not freakish they seem unbound by their implausible length both utterly firm and yet yielding and soft people who take global warming seriously tend to get apoplectic at this point they’re not wrong while delightful Taylor Swift’s legs are of zero significance in comparison with the fate of the planet nobody should profit from rising temperatures seas flooding human suffering poverty caused by the burning of fossil fuels do you think the cats know that you’re Taylor Swift there was a point where Meredith she was the first cat that I got she got and I post pictures of her on Instagram and stuff and she was a really beautiful kitten um so she became named like the year-end top celebrity pet I think on some level she knew because she changed after that but getting angry at our fascination with the thighs of a singer is counterproductive in a democracy we cannot be collectively dragged into being more responsible through guilt and for a very simple reason we don’t have to pay attention if those who care about the Arctic melt are going to get angry bitter and stern they’ll just be ignored we’re putting carbon dioxide in the air at a prodigious rate and the world’s getting warmer and you can know this by looking at the neutrons in the ice we are inducing a sixth mass extinction event kind of by accident the problem is we really do need to do something about that ice but a starting point has to be indulgence towards the ways our minds work we’re interested in Taylor Swift’s legs not because we’re evil but because our minds are wired up in unhelpful ways if people are going to be interested on mass in the defrosting polls we need to take off fragilities onboard and therefore get serious very serious about trying to make important news not just important but also beguiling almost as tempting to hear about as Taylor’s legs the urge to nag is very understandable the problem is it’s never effective it will work for a small number of people but for most of us it’s just off-putting we instinctively resent being told that we’re stupid and heartless when we’re just Harris we’re already doing our best to be decent people there are so many serious things we need collective persuading about to date high minded people have largely attempted to motivate people by guilt they need in the future to learn to charm us into goodness me standing in a nice dress staring at the sunset babe red lips and rosy cheeks say you’ll see me again even if it’s just pretend

Comments (25)

  1. This is so dumb. Fear is how most political changes are pushed. Also, we are speaking about global warming in the mainstream from 1950 I doubt tailor's legs will be trending in 10 years…
    Now I don't think global warming should be an individual responsibility, it should be solved collectively and with structural changes. What doesn't it append? Because petrol industry is super powerful and the problem is complicated. It's also hard to feel concerned when the problem is an of slow changes without instant consequences.

  2. i am so sorry but just imagine bill nye and taylor creating a song- ok ill leave

  3. why not ask Taylor to help our global course – legs for leverage!

  4. Being "charmed into goodness"- will only lull most people into more casualness.
    Conditions and consequences…falling down and getting up again, are the engines of improvement…

  5. I think the biggest problem is we are unaware that we like other people to think for us (the heavy lifting). By making a habit of relying on others to do the hard thinking for us, we have stationed ourselves into factions. Then we become biased to our factions and shun everything that opposes those lines.

  6. Pop culture demonstrates that we are so desperate for attention and conection that we can talk about rubbish in order to… well, talk.

  7. Her legs are not that great.

  8. I'm a swiftie who cares about climate change and also Taylors legs

  9. What is the name of Taylor Swift's song played at the end?

  10. This is so very true. I admit, I have been a lifelong fan of her, but it's actually not that hard to realize the difference in the importance between climate change and the legs of just another female being which, by mostly coincidence, look good in our eyes.

  11. The main difference between the Swift's legs and Global Warming is that the first ones exist for real.


  13. This was really cringy. I mean I care about climate change, really I do but somehow dragging Taylor into this is like wtf. Honestly a better idea is to use her massive appeal to spread the word about global warming. She even posted about climate change in her insta stories during the mid term elections. Your intentions were good, they were just not well versed.

  14. I ❤️ the tittle. Those legs are to die for 😍

  15. As a Swiftie but also an environmentalist, I really understand this video. Taylor too is annoyed with the media and her portrayal.

  16. I'm disappointed there wasn't more detail. Yes of course important issues like global warming need to be charming to get people interested. How? How specifically do you express "We really need to do something about global warming or we're really screwing ourselves over in the long term" in charming terms?

  17. It's a fact that Taylor Swift has nice legs. It's far from a fact that humans have any significant effect on the change in climate. To think that we can cause change to the global climate, for better or worse is very pretentious.

  18. I'll Help, I'm devoted to learning everything there is to know about human, and how to charm them.

  19. I feel like this perspective is very passive aggressive. Then how do you charm people with climate change? And how do you change that when the top 100 companies cause 71% of carbon emissions? How do you get governments to listen? You can't charm governments when you have the idea of national interest and you cant charm companies in the way of profit. In a profit based society, everything else is second to Profit.

  20. There's a simple fix. Stop consuming oil. But I know you wont.

  21. Brilliant comparison… Food for thought.

  22. How can we be serious when we have to Work and thinkabout how to not get poor ? I cant study about astronomy because in Bulgaria there is no work for astronomers .What should i do ? Study math and astronomy or study only for last tests and then go to .No one can answer because OUR Bulgarian people are pooor and dont care about schools.

  23. I Don't know wtf that shit was and how I ended up watching it

  24. The ice shelves are GROWING according to the latest from NASA & Taylor Swift's ONLY redeeming features are her legs. You lost me in the first minute.
    If you want me to subscribe you'll have to do MUCH better than this…

  25. Such a bizarre title…i had to see what this was about.

  26. I think her legs a just a little bit too skinny

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