The NY Post has put forward Rhianna for the role, citing her outrageous fashion choices, her ever changing hair, her questionable taste in male partners and her “I don’t care what you think about me” attitude as possible qualifications. Rhianna is totally fabulous but doesn’t New York deserve a little more than that. And that’s a comment on what the NYPost sees as what’s important about Rhianna than it is about Rhianna herself, especailly as they almost didn’t mention her talent at all in the article.
The position is of course vacant because the previous Queen, Beyonce, has abdicated by moving almost full time to the west coast, a lapse of good taste so bad that while she will always be welcomed home, I mean how could she? Her qualification while in the job were undoubtedly talent and loads of it, and a prom0tion of solid values such as family, discipline and loyalty.
During Beyonce’s reign and in the present Lena Dunham enjoys a position of real importance because she has positioned herself as the voice of younger New York women trying to find out how to express themselves with blazing courage about every aspect of their lives. But as the overall Queen?
What qualifications are really necessary? Well talent is a given, no one gets to be in the running without it, so out your own list of who is wiped out using this criteria, several pop princesses spring to mind. And sadly beauty is a criteria, no matter how shallow, unfair and sexist that is. Because a Queen has to carry the adoration of the masses and let’s be honest, the masses award less adoration to those who are just like them, that is ordinary. And she has to also carry some human quality we all aspire to and value. Beyonce, Rhianna and Lena all carry such outstanding qualities.
So if right now there has to be a Queen, the woman who deserves the crown is Taylor Swift. Tick to her talent and beauty and she squeaks it through on fashion forward. But her human qualities make her the undoubted Queen. Watch the video. Apple decides, stupidly that it deserves to test it’s new streaming service not pay the artists who will make it possible. And Talyor Swift went into bat, one of the only people who could. A star big enough to make them hurt if they can’t play her music. And a person who people listen to when she says, nicely, tnat Apple are scumbags. Well scumbags they might be, but they are not stupid and they overturned their decision in a heartbeat faced with Taylor Swift’s condemnation.
As well She has been outspoken in her support of the value of friends in our lives and the rewards of supporting them and being supporfted in turn. Yup hail Queen Taylor you are a worthy monarch for the people of NYC to look up to.