Above is a supercut collaboration between my friend and co-worker Kate Spencer and me. We were talking about Taylor Swift's shock at being applauded during last week's CMAs, she said, "Someone should do a supercut of her being surprised in public," and I said, "Curse you, because now that you've said that, I have to do it." What a fucking affliction. Anyway, you'll notice this is in the VH1 player -- Kate's idea goes on Kate's [work] blog, The Fab Life, and there are so many contraband clips up in here that there's a good chance it'd be yanked from YouTube, anyway.
The critique within this video should be obvious. I have a hard time swallowing Taylor Swift's perpetual state of shock, but what do I know? Perhaps she has a terrible short-term memory; perhaps every meaningless award you win and every standing ovation you receive feels like the first time. I haven't won any meaningless awards or received any standing ovations lately, so I'm no expert. What interests me the most is the way her quite possibly disingenuous modesty complements the quite possibly disingenuous bravado displayed in Tracie's recent reel of Kanye West's most ridiculous on-air moments. There is a reason they met on the stage of the 2009 VMAs that goes way beyond impulsiveness. The two of them are antitheses...at least outwardly.