Hey, Taylor Swift, here’s how to get sweet revenge
2:04 AM, Sep 2, 2012
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Internet trolls have hijacked an innocent contest waged by country megastar Taylor Swift. She will give a free concert and $10,000 to the school that gets the most votes online after “liking” her Facebook page.
Swift’s foes are urging people to vote for the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. Because there’s nothing more hilarious than using deaf children as the punchline to a lame joke aimed at poking fun at a superstar, right?
Swift has legions of public relations people, millions of dollars in income and an international career. Her new song, “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together,” is topping charts.
So the 22-year-old phenomenon does not need advice from a 51-year-old local news columnist in Nashville. But here’s some anyway: Babe, embrace this. Own it. Take the joke and turn it around on them. If the Horace Mann School wins — and, with the votes at around 25,000 so far, that looks pretty certain — you get on a plane to Boston and sing your pretty little heart out for them.
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It would be a wonderful, generous gesture for her to perform there. After all, music therapy is commonly taught to deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
“Music belongs to all people, and all people have the right to music experiences,” wrote Patricia Winter, a music therapist, in an online article.
Children with hearing impairment, with or without hearing aids or cochlear implants, connect with music. They feel the vibrations. They “hear” lyrics through sign language. Touching the neck of someone singing helps them improve speech skills.
What better revenge would there be for Swift than having photos of sweet deaf children touching her as she sings posted all over the same Internet that’s trashing her?
And one more thought, based on Swift’s own lyrics.
She’s right: People do indeed throw rocks at things that shine. But when you take the high road, they can’t hit you.
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An EXCELLENT response.
Rub the trolls nose in it and do good works while you do it.
Sounds very Taylor-esque!
Maybe she good give a duplicate prize to the Number #2 runner up.
I love this idea. When handed lemons, make lemonade.
Webcast it and enshrine yourself as America’s sweetheart. Like Bob Hope or Lucile Ball.
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