Taylor Swift re-writes ‘sexist’ lyric on Speak Now album re-releaseJuly 7, 2023
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With the rerelease of Taylor Swift’s Speak Now album, many noticed the singer changed the lyrics of her song, Better Than Revenge (Taylor’s Version).
Following the initial release in 2010, the songstress was accused of using “slut-shaming” and “sexists” lyrics to describe an actress.
In the original song, Taylor detailed her desire to get revenge on a lover’s new girlfriend and sang: “She’s an actress, whoa. She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress, whoa.”
However, in the updated song, the lyric goes: “She’s an actress, whoa/ He was a moth to the flame, she was holding the matches.”
At the time, the actress was rumored to be Camilla Belle, who Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas dated after their breakup.
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In a 2014 interview with The Guardian, Taylor addressed the controversial lyric after she received backlash from fans.
The 33-year-old stated: “I was 18 when I wrote [‘Better Than Revenge’].
“That’s the age you are when you think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realize no one takes someone from you if they don’t want to leave.”
Although the initial 2010 album was an instant success and sold over a million copies in its first week, Taylor decided to re-release Speak Now after a dispute with Scooter Braun.
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The songwriter had been embroiled in a bitter feud with the music exec after it was announced her original label Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) had been bought by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings for $ 300 million.
In 2019, Taylor told Tumblr she was “sad and grossed out” by the deal as it meant he now owned the masters to her first six albums, which she was trying to buy back.
After some public back and forth, Scooter then sold the master rights to Taylor’s first six albums in a deal worth $300 million, according to Variety.
In a series of tweets, Taylor revealed she wasn’t part of the deal and announced she was re-recording all of her old songs.
As for the new lyrics on Better Than Revenge, fans have had an overwhelming response to Taylor’s efforts to reclaim her first few albums.
Taking to Twitter, @fireh9lly shared: “I feel like Taylor changed this lyric because she’s grown as a person since she wrote it.”
@guelphbxtch tweeted: “I love Taylor Swift because she’s completely open to criticism and changing herself.”
@sunflouwerhabit added: “I will have so much fun jamming to this song no matter if a lyric in the chorus is changed and I’m happy Taylor gets to reclaim and reinvent this piece of her discography.”
However, not everyone was happy as @sourhoestarter hit back: “Girl she stole ur man bring back the misogyny.”
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