Taylor Swift Feels Responsible for Raising a Generation
Taylor Swift is being profiled on '60 Minutes' this Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7PM ET on CBS. The always pulled together singer spoke to the news magazine about a topic that most pop stars shuck responsibility for. Most celebs deny any sort of accountability when it comes to the youth of the nation, but not Swift. She embraces her position as a role model and accepts the obligation of helping to raise the current generation via the vehicle of her music.
"I definitely think about a million people when I am getting dressed in the morning," Swift admitted to interviewer Leslie Stahl. That's a lot of thinking about others while picking out accessories or choosing which shoes look good with leggings. Swift continued, "That's just part of my life now. I think it's my responsibility to know it and to be conscious of it."
At 21, Taylor Swift is quite the adult in her thinking processes. She also addressed her responsibilities an artist, saying, "The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation. So make your words count." It's this attitude and perspective that has caused Swift's fans to connect so fervently with her songs and her confessional, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics.
But despite her "together" image, Swift says she isn't that much different than her fans -- she deals with the epidemic of bullying too, especially when it comes to critics who trash her music. "Criticism still hurts. I don't have thick skin. I hate reading criticisms," she said. "You never really, like, get past things hurting you."
Taylor Swift: She's just like us.
Watch a Clip From Taylor Swift's '60 Minutes' Interview