What’s the worst someone can say about Taylor Swift? That she likes boys and once she’s done with them (or vice versa), she writes a song about it? Big whoop. Because the good far outweigh the so-called bad.
Her latest and greatest act of kindness? Sending a lovely note via Tumblr to a fan who is being bullied at school because of his name and body.
I was really shocked to hear you say that you’d been bullied because of your name because the first thing I thought when I saw it was ‘woah, Caillou is such a cool name’. Honestly. I thought it was so cool because it’s different, and herein lies our issue: you will always be criticized and teased and bullied for things that make you different, but usually those things will be what set you apart. The things that set you apart from the pack, the things that you once thought were your weaknesses will someday become your strengths. So if they say you’re weird or annoying or strange or too this or not enough that, maybe it’s because you threaten them. Maybe you threaten them because you’re not the norm. And if you’re not the norm, give yourself a standing ovation.
Now I want to tell you that I think you look great the way you are. No one has the right to criticize you for how your body looks, but they will. One thing I’ve learned from experiencing this exact kind of criticism is that no one else can label your body except for you. No one gets to have a place in your mind if they weren’t invited there by you. So please do me this one favor: Don’t let their ugly words into your beautiful mind.
And if someone punches you again, call the police and report them because that is assault. I’m serious. There’s no direct penalty for bullying with words (except karma) but no one is allowed to hit you. Ever.
Thanks for telling me your story and for being so strong. Proud of you, Caillou Pettis.
And of course her hashtag was #ShakeItOffIndeed. Well done, Swifty.
But that’s only a drop in the bucket.
— She is more than happy to visit patients in a children’s hospital and give them their own private concert.
— She gives gifts to her die-hardest of super-fans, be it a card she painted herself, one of her necklaces, a cheque to go towards her student loans or all of the above.
— Tay is totally ok with stalking her fans (it even has a name, Tay-lurking) and letting them know she thinks they’re equally awesome — by leaving her calling card, a single Santa emoji, and gifting them with actual gifts. Honestly.
— She teamed up with Scholastic and encourages young people to know how reading and writing can open a world of possibilities.
— Swift released the single “Welcome to New York” and then donated ALL the proceeds from the song to New York City Public Schools. Because she’s amazing.
— Taylor may have anonymously donated some money to a homeless man in need.
— Taylor definitely donated $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which plans to use the gift to create specialized programming for teens with cancer.
— Finally, she’s totally, well, whipped by her cats Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson. That’s nice of her, right?