Reckon Vanilla Extract Needs A Spokesman?

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:02 PM.

Did you see the uproar over Taylor Swift recently inking a deal to be a spokesperson for Diet Coke? I’m scratching my head over this one. An enterprising (and talented) young American signs an agreement to hawk a soft drink for a little extra cash…..and a certain contingent nutritionist and a selected few guardians of “extra poundage” rise up out of the woodwork to protest.

What happened to the land of opportunity?      

I don’t know Taylor Swift from Adam’s housecat. I can’t tell you one song she sings. I could not pick her out of a line up of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Beyonce. Listen, I’ve got running shoes older than Taylor Swift! 

I’ve heard just enough of her to know that, despite any claims to the contrary, she is not a country singer. I don’t care how she is advertised or promoted! Loretta Lynn to this day gets a hint of a c in there as she pronounces “here”… in that line from her autobiographical standard, “Not much left but the floor, nothing lives cheer anymore…..” Now folks, that’s country! You should a’seen the hairdo Tammy Wynette was sporting when she first moved to Nashville in 1966; it screamed country even before she opened her mouth. And bless her heart, the late Kitty Wells would make Loretta and Tammy both seem like they were born in New York City!

I’m not defending Taylor Swift today because she’s young or beautiful or “my kind of singer”. I’m just musing over the fact that some folks have got to put their negative two cents worth in sometimes where it doesn’t belong.

These naysayers claim that the popularity that Miss, or Mrs., (I don’t keep up with that stuff) Swift has among young teenagers will cause them to drink more sodas thereby adding to the already raging obesity among the youth of America today. They added statistics with graphs and charts to aid their viewpoint.

Have we gone completely bonkers in this country? 

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