Controversial Speculation: Taylor Swift’s Sexuality Explored in The New York Times Opinion Piece

A recent opinion piece in The New York Times has stirred controversy as it openly speculates on whether Taylor Swift might be a closeted queer person. Associates of the pop superstar have expressed their displeasure with the article, highlighting what they perceive as a double standard in media coverage.

According to a source close to the situation, who spoke anonymously to CNN, there is concern about the ethics of the article, especially considering the success and public image of Taylor Swift. The source suggested that similar speculation wouldn’t have been allowed for male artists like Shawn Mendes whose sexuality has also been questioned by fans.

The person further criticized the lack of boundaries some journalists seem to exhibit when writing about Taylor Swift, regardless of the invasion of privacy, accuracy, or appropriateness of the content. They pointed out that the protective veil of an ‘opinion piece‘ seems to allow for more freedom in discussing sensitive topics.

Taylor Swift's Sexuality Explored in The New York Times Opinion Piece
A controversial New York Times opinion piece speculated whether Taylor Swift is a closeted queer person, drawing criticism from her associates who called it “invasive, untrue, and inappropriate”


In the lengthy 5,000-word article published in The Times’ opinion section, editor Anna Marks delves into various LGBTQ references in Swift’s songs and performances. Marks suggests that Swift may have been signaling her identification with the queer community for years. The piece metaphorically likens these signals to dropped hairpins, which, when considered together, suggest a deeper connection.

While Swift has been a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community and has taken a stand against anti-gay legislation, she has consistently denied being a member of the LGBTQ community. In a 2019 interview with Vogue, Swift emphasized her role as an ally, advocating for the rights of a community she does not identify with personally.

In the prologue to her re-recorded “1989” album, Swift revealed that societal speculation about her romantic involvement with male friends led her to surround herself with female friends to avoid sensationalism. Despite this, rumors and speculations persist.

The publication of an article speculating on someone’s sexuality, especially a figure as culturally significant as Taylor Swift, is considered highly unusual for a reputable news organization like The New York Times. The decision to publish such content has received criticism from readers, as it is perceived as inappropriate and intrusive.

Aware of the controversial nature of the article, Marks addressed potential criticism within the piece itself. She acknowledged that discussing a star’s queerness without a formal declaration might be seen as sensual and gossip-fueled. However, she argued that recognizing the possibility of queerness, while being mindful of the difference between possibility and certainty, contributes to a more inclusive cultural dialogue.

The Times has declined to comment directly on the criticism from Swift’s associates, pointing to Marks’ statements within the published essay.

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