Taylor Swift Sparks Controversy with Nostalgic Ode to the 1830s on ‘TTPD’ Album. What’s Her Enigmatic Connection?

Taylor Swift is facing backlash over saying she wanted to live in the 1830s “but without all the racists” on her new album, “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology.“

On the track “I Hate It Here,” the 14-time Grammy winner sang about how she and her friends were discontent with living in this current era.

“My friends used to play a game where / We would pick a decade / We wished we could live in instead of this / I’d say the 1830s but without all the racists / And getting married off for the highest bid,” she sang.

Fans were quick to point out that slavery was still legalized in America in the 1830s.

Taylor Swift performing in Chicago in 2023.
Taylor Swift is facing backlash over saying she wanted to live in the 1830s “but without all the racists” on her new album, “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology.”Getty Images for TAS Rights Management


Taylor Swift's "Torture Poet's Department" promo.


On the track “I Hate It Here,” the 14-time Grammy winner sang about how she and her friends were discontent with living in this current era.Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift's "Torture Poet's Department" promo.
“My friends used to play a game where / We would pick a decade / We wished we could live in instead of this / I’d say the 1830s but without all the racists / And getting married off for the highest bid,” she sang.taylorswift/Instagram


“There is no way Taylor Swift said she’d like to live in an era where Chattel Slavery was the law of the land and say ‘but without the racists.’ Like it was some casual microaggressions or something. Is this what we’re doing??” tweeted one user.

“pretty astonishing to stipulate that she wants to live in the 1830s, ‘except without the racists,’ and not mention slavery, so slavery still exists but everyone’s chill about it,” added another.

“I know I can’t stfu abt Taylor Swift but of all time periods WHY THE 1830s??? The most notable event from the time period is the trail of tears like I cannot wrap my head around it? Is this another one of her dumbass codes?” asked a third fan.

“Taylor Swift wanting to go back to the 1830s surprised no Black person anywhere,” said a fourth user.

Taylor Swift performing in California in 2023.
Fans were quick to point out that slavery was still legalized in America in the 1830s.Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

Taylor Swift's "Torture Poet's Department" promo.


“pretty astonishing to stipulate that she wants to live in the 1830s, ‘except without the racists,’ and not mention slavery, so slavery still exists but everyone’s chill about it,” said one fan.taylorswift/Instagram

Page Six has reached out to Swift’s rep for comment but did not immediately hear back.

Elsewhere on the album, which was released on Friday, Swift, 34, seemingly took another jab at Kim Kardashian, whom she’s been feuding with since 2016.

In the song “thanK you aIMee,” the billionaire pop star sang about a “bronze, spray-tanned” bully who her mom “wish[es] were dead.”

Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Elsewhere on the album, the “Cruel Summer” singer seemingly took another jab at Kim Kardashian, whom she’s been feuding with since 2016.WireImage

Taylor Swift performing in Cincinnati in 2023.
In the song “thanK you aIMee,” Swift sang about a “bronze, spray-tanned” bully who her mom “wish[es] were dead.”Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

“All that time you were throwin’ punches, I was buildin’ somethin’ / And I can’t forgive the way you made me feel,” she croons.

“Screamed ‘F–k you, Aimee’ to the night sky, as the blood was gushin’ / But I can’t forget the way you made me heal.”

The Skims founder, 43, did not respond to Page Six’s request for comment, however, she looked unbothered while out dining with friends.

Swift also references her exes Joe Alwyn and Matty Healy on the album as well as current beau Travis Kelce.

Related Posts

Taylor Swift Under Fire as She Reignites ‘Feud’ Rumors with Billie Eilish

There’s yet another update in the saga Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll know all about this alleged ‘feud’ between…

A Taylor Swift Song Doesn’t Stand A Chance Of Making It Into The Eras Tour Movie Now

Thanks to the changes Taylor Swift made to her Eras Tour setlist, one particular song is never making it into The Eras Tour movie now. After a two-month hiatus, Taylor Swift resumed The…

Taylor Swift Trades Mobile for Vintage Camera to Snap Romantic Moments with Travis Kelce on Rainy Boat Ride in Italy

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s romantic escape in Lake Como filled with sweet moments and cosy eveningsTaylor Swift and Travis Kelce stole a sweet escape from the…

Taylor Swift Reignites Feud with Kim Kardashian in Latest Album – With Mutual Friends Like Lana Del Rey, Gigi Hadid, and Ice Spice, Will They Be Forced to Take Sides?

On her recent record-breaking album The Tortured Poets Department, Taylor Swift reignited her decades-long feud with Kim Kardahian.On the track thanK you aIMee, the 14-time Grammy award-winner sings of…

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s Marriage in Turmoil: Report Reveals They’re Living Separate Lives

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are reportedly on “two different pages” in their marriage amid rumors they are headed toward divorce.“Jen and Ben are having issues in…

Joe Alwyn Flirts with Blondes at Cannes Bash While Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Savor Italy Romance

There’s no denying Joe Alwyn has a thing for blondes … the actor’s surrounding himself with a group of women whose hair color just happens to match that of…