‘Miss Americana’ Review – Why I’m now a Swiftie
Never thought I would say those words but here we are. ‘Miss Americana’ is Taylor Swift’s new Netflix documentary and it could not have come at a better time. It encapsulates the struggles of being a young woman in a male-dominated industry and how hard it is to be yourself when the world is constantly demanding something else. It is an extremely raw look into Swift’s life, be prepared to throw out any preconceived notions you may have had about her.
It begins with Swift reminiscing about writing in her diary as a teenager and all the hopes and dreams she once had. We watch home videos of her performing as a young girl and it’s exactly how you feel someone like Swift would have grown up. It has an extremely authentic feel to it. The scene then changes to Swift standing backstage at her 2018 Reputation Tour, instantly wiping out any childlike innocence from her childhood videos. This, ultimately, sets the direction for the documentary.
As we progress, the documentary goes to show the significant traumas that Swift has faced transitioning into an adult. This covers anything from the media constantly berating her relationships, her weight, the fact that she is deemed too successful and the ongoing feud between herself and Kanye West. We learn of her mum’s battle with cancer and how she dealt with that whilst being outcast from the world with the hashtag #TaylorSwiftisOverParty.
As you watch a number of tweets and articles come up Taylor says “The hashtag Taylor Swift is over party was the number one trend on twitter world wide. Do you know how many people have to be tweeting that they hate you for that to happen.” She sounds extremely defeated when saying this and you can truly feel the pain she is going through.
Most horrifying of all is listening to Swift recount her sexual assault by David Mueller and the process she went through to have him prosecuted. Even with photo evidence, which we are shown, Mueller still tried to justify his actions. This only further fuels the sexism that she talks about between men and women in this industry. We watch on as she tells of her win in court to a crowd of thousands, it is incredibly moving to watch young girls look up to her as she says she wanted to win for every single woman out there and for all those who weren’t believed.
The rest of the documentary then follows Swift coming to terms with who she really is, allowing herself to do and say the things she wants to without letting the ever constant judgement of the world affect her. We see this when she takes a stand politically. It transcends into a lighter version of herself creating the Lover album and honestly this does seem like the true version of Swift. It is almost as if she has reached a stage of life where she is at peace with herself. It is full of rainbows, cowboy boots, pride, and unicorns. She describes it as splitting open her imagination and seeing what comes out.
Given that it is 2020, it is alarming to watch Swift go through all these struggles which are characteristically ones that females still face. ‘Miss Americana’ is a rollercoaster of emotions, but I’ll guarantee you’ll finish it thinking “what a powerful, self assured bad a** woman.”
Next time she tours Australia, you? me! It’s a date!