Taylor Swift
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Have you ever been tempted to trip balls at a Taylor Swift concert, but weren’t completely certain it was an advisable idea?

Well, we have good news for you, dear reader: indie artist Father John Misty did just that so you don’t have to.

In a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, the former Fleet Foxes drummer (real name: Josh Tillman) detailed his experience dropping acid at Swift’s concert in Melbourne, Australia, late last year. Spoiler: shit got weird.

After meeting Swift’s entourage at a bar and being invited to the show, Tillman felt destined to take LSD for the performance and asked his tour manager to acquire some.

“This is written in the stars,” he said of his realization. “I’m supposed to go take acid at this Taylor Swift concert.”

After taking a “hero’s dose,” he allowed himself to fully absorb Swift’s essence, and things got a tad, well, trippy.

“It was holy. It was psychedelic. She fully impregnated my dilated soul with her ideology. I remember laughing uncontrollably. I remember going outside for a smoke and thinking, ‘I need to get back in there,’” he told the magazine.

But Tillman soon reported feeling alarmed by her power. I’m picturing the scene morphing from Tillman frolicking in the meadows of the Shire, to suddenly finding himself gazing upon The Eye of Sauron.

“There was a disturbing aspect, this insistence on telling girls, ‘I’m normal, don’t let anyone tell you what you should be.’ If you wanted to curate an evening with the Grand Leader, this is what you would do. It’s a very, very false normal. And that’s dangerous.”

Psychedelics aside, Tillman has a real point here. Swift is not the “every girl” she markets herself to be; she leads an exceptional lifestyle, and from the start has always been exceptionally privileged. For the armies of young women out there who uphold her as their unofficial leader, this is a dangerous concept, indeed. 

Embracing your inner klutz in a “ha ha look at me, so I’m cute and a-dork-able” sort of way does not translate to full self-acceptance and vulnerability. When has Swift been truly raw for her fans, or majorly deviated from her wholesome, eager image? When has she exposed any major flaws? Instead, she upholds an image of elitist perfection while simultaneously positioning herself as the norm. 

Plus: Sauron... Swift... maybe Tillman (and myself) are onto something here, folks.