Taylor Swift has built her image around being the family-friendly country star that girls everywhere can sing along with without having to worry about lyrics -- or news stories -- that would upset their parents. Her wholesome image, perhaps along with being the victim of Kanye West's infamous MTV Video Music Awards rant, is what has made her so appealing and popular with pop music fans everywhere. As she gets older, though, Taylor Swift seems to be changing from an innocent star to one that many people are waiting to catch doing something wrong.
Swift was in the news Wednesday for crashing a Kennedy wedding along with her boyfriend, Conor Kennedy. According to the Boston Herald, Victoria Gifford Kennedy, the mother of bride Kyle Kennedy, asked the country singer to leave the wedding twice because she and Conor hadn't RSVP'd with enough time for the planners to prepare for them. It's a move that many music fans and media members might have been hoping for.
"I personally went up to Ms. Swift, whose entrance distracted the entire event, politely introduced myself to her, and asked her as nicely as I could to leave," said Victoria Gifford Kennedy, daughter of football legend Frank Gifford. "It was like talking to a ghost. She seemed to look right past me."
In the wake of the wedding incident, Swift's publicist said the mother of the bride was incorrect, and Taylor was a welcome guest.
"So, Swift's publicist is calling the mother of the bride a liar," wrote the San Jose, Calif., Mercury News. "That should play well with the rest of the family."
One reason the media might be starting to resent Swift, who is 22 years old, is that they haven't been able to cover much controversy surrounding her. Unlike past pop stars like Britney Spears -- whom the media seemed almost gleeful in criticizing when she shaved her head and went through multiple divorces -- and actress Lindsay Lohan, Swift has been able to avoid embarrassing her legions of fans.
Although Swift's wedding flap is much less dramatic than cheating in a high-profile relationship, Swift-haters could be hoping for another Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-type incident. The "Twilight" stars were never as squeaky clean as Swift but that didn't make K-Stew's infidelity or the couple's breakup any less of a shock to their millions of fans paging through the tabloids.
Last year a Huffington Post contributor questioned if Taylor Swift is a good influence on young girls at all. After attending a concert with her young children, the columnist, Andrea Lampros, criticized Swift for implicitly suggesting that young girls should look pretty and be quiet.
"The overwhelming message of the Swift concert to the sea of girls ages 5 to 55: be pretty, be conventional, be quiet (well, it's OK to scream for me), and definitely put on some lipstick," Lampros wrote. "I didn't expect Taylor Swift to make any radical, edgy, feminist remarks, but I also didn't expect Gidget meets the Little Mermaid."