SPOT(IFY) THE FEUD: lyrics hide the evident truth

The feud between the two pop singers, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, has been heating up since Katy Perry’s appearance on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke on 22 May 2017. Katy Perry addressed the feud between the two which started back in 2012 when Katy stole Taylor’s backup dancers for her RED-tour, as well as some lapse in communication between the two. Katy seems to lay the blame before Taylor’s feet, as she explains that she tried to smoothen things out numerous times. Katy mentions in her statement that “It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me…that’s how you want to deal with it? Karma!”

Karma! Sounds like Swish Swish, Perry’s new single, is written about the feud and Taylor Swift. “Karma’s not a liar, she keeps receipts”. Swish Swish is a reaction to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood which is written about Katy and evidently be they were close in 2009 (“mad love”) to enemies and feuding in 2012 (“bad blood”). To put gasoline on this already burning fire, both singers speak about bullets in songs. Katy mentions bullets in her song, Bullet, saying “I’m a bullet and I’m headed/Straight for you heart (yeah)/Be careful what you start!/I’m a bullet and I’m headed/Straight for you heart (yeah)/It’s gonna leave a mark!”. I know that this song is intended for a boy who broke her heart as the song continues. But then again, Taylor sings in Bad Blood that “Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes/You say sorry just for show/If you live like that, you live with ghosts”. That just answers to Katy’s apologises that appears to be insincere.

I am not going to go into all the glory, or rather gory details, of the feud. On 9 June 2017, precisely on 00:00, Katy Perry’s Witness album launched worldwide. At that same time, Taylor Swift had uploaded all five her albums on Spotify, as well as opened it to Amazon Music and Pandora Premium. Her albums also trended to be on discount on iTunes. This sudden launch seemed peculiar as Swift had indifferences with Spotify in 2014 just before her launch of her pop album 1989. The launch seemed to be throwing shade on Katy’s Witness album, and ultimately fans of Katy, as well as Taylor’s called her out to be sneaky, fake and a vindictive snake. Couldn’t she launch it a week later? The official reasoning for the release is that Taylor Swift’s last album, 1989, sold 10 million copies. But it seems that that isn’t the reason for this relaunch on Spotify. It seems to be the new licensing deal between her distributor, Universal Music Group, and Spotify, and the realities of releasing music in 2017. The modern age of music is online and digital.

Regarding the feud, that spurs the moment of media, I personally think that Katy Perry opened old wounds on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. If she didn’t mention or emphasise this feud, the media would have left it in the ashes. But as the phoenix rises out of the ashes, Taylor came to act with music, rather than words to console. If Katy really wanted to console, she would have left this feud out of the media. Perhaps, Katy brought up the feud for attention and media, publicity. It would make sense. (New Album needs promotion. Her tour. American Idol.) Although, Taylor was vindictive and shallow, her means may be to put someone in her place. Their friendship may have been treacherous and buried with bad blood, but their feud is hot and cold as their words and actions roar upon the media’s attention.

As you know singers write about their own lives, experiences, heartache, pain and joy. Taylor is known to write her pain into her songs. Just like a breakup song, Taylor motioned her feud into songs. Katy had done the same. Let’s refer to a few examples:


  • Katy: (Ghosts) “And now you’re just a ghost/When I look back never would have known that/You could be so cold”
  • Taylor: (Bad Blood) “If you live like that, you live with ghosts (ghosts)”


  • Katy: (It takes one, to know one) “Cause’ it takes one, to know one/Congrats you’ve met your match/You think I’d lie here, heartbroken/(I’d-lie-here)/But the knife is in your back/(In-your-back)”
  • Taylor: (Revenge) “R-E-V-E-N-G-E My list of things to do this week/Jealousy, misery, gonna give you what you gave to me/Make you feel so B-A-D/Break you, make you sorry/I hope you cry getting my R-E-V-E-N-G-E”


  • Katy: (Roulette) “Playing by the rules in this game of life”
  • Taylor: (Better than Revenge) “Soon she’s gonna find/Stealing other people’s toys/On the playground won’t/Make you many friends”


  • Katy: (Not Like The Movies) “I didn’t feel the fairy-tale feeling, no./Am I a stupid girl for even dreaming that I could?/If it’s not like the movies,”
  • Taylor: (If This Was A Movie) “But if this was a movie you’d be here by now/It’s not the kind of ending you wanna see now” and (Today was a fairytale) “Today was a fairytale/You were the prince/I used to be a damsel in distress”


  • Katy: (Save as draft) “I could just throw a line to you/But I should let sleeping dogs lie ’cause I know better, baby/I write it/Erase it/Repeat it/But what good will it do/To reopen the wound/So I take a deep breath/And I save as draft”
  • Taylor: (Writing Songs About You) “I’ll keep writing songs about you/I’ve got a stack of papers so high/And it’s all about you baby/Keep thinking maybe I/Can make sense of something crazy/Something I can’t get out of my Head/I write your name I write your name/Then I tear it all to shreds”

It is evident that although these two singers are feuding, their hearts write the songs that speak similar languages to their audience. Perhaps, this feud motivates and inspires them to challenge and compete to be better artists and songwriters.

Let’s WITNESS how these two brilliant artists be FEARLESS in a world where our (Perry and Taylor) minds are in a maze spiralling into the media’s hands.





Op vandeesweek se Huisgenoot (8 Junie 2017) pryk die beeldskone gesig van die popprinses Karlien van Jaarsved met ‘n artikel in die Huisgenoot wat handel oor haar huwelik met die destydse rugbyspeler, Joe Breytenbach, haar swangerskap, haar musiekloopbaan en haar geluk.

Die artikel (geskryf deur Marisa Focheman) blyk eerlik en opreg, bevry Karlien se woorde, waardes en persoonlikheid tot ‘n “veilige” ruimte, maar nes Karlien ook voorheen al geleer het, en veral in die jare 2015/2016 ervaar het hoe die media, sosiale media en aanhangers wat niks weet nie, menings wil lug oor dinge wat hulle nie traak nie. Wat veronderstel was om ‘n mooi artikel te wees waarin Karlien vry word van al die seer, word dit toegesmeer deur aanhangers van haar eksman, die Liefling van Loftus, Derick Hougaard, wat haar slegsê oor ‘n enkele beskrywing wat sy gee vir haar en Derick se huwelik – “vasgevang en in ‘n seer plek gevoel het”.

Verslaggewing wat Derick se aanhangers rooi laat sien het was die van Channel 24 se The Juice wat daarop klem lê in die opskrif “Karlien tells Huisgenoot that she has regrets about her marriage to Derick” dat Karlien verwyte dra oor dié huwelik. Karlien praat ook van die seer wat sy ervaar het in die huwelik, dat sy met die kortstondige afstel van die troue al moes geweet het, maar dat sy gehoop dat die probleme met die huwelik sou verander. Eerlikwaar, Derick ken ook die seer. In tyd van depressie en trauma lui die vrae “wat kon ek anders gedoen het?”, “wat as…?” en die vrae neem ek aan het ook in Karlien en Derick se koppe gemaal. “Regrets” wysig op die verwyte van tyd en gebeure. Karlien verwyt die seer wat die huwelik gebring het, maar sy verwyt nie die liefde wat daaruit geblom het nie. Tog, in die Channel 24-artikel noem The Juice nes daar in die Huisgenoot staan dat Karlien nooit die tyd sou wou terug draai nie, want uit haar en Derick se huwelik het hul tweelingseuntjies, Daniël en Eliah, lewe gevind en dra sy ook hul dogtertjie, Evah, saam met haar, nes Derick. Karlien meen dat hul seuntjies vir Derick as ‘n held moet sien en dat hulle hul pa soveel as moontlik sien. Sy het al vorige artikels, onderhoude en Facebook-inskrywings genoem dat sy nie Derick in die publiek sal afmaak en slegsê nie.

Dus, lui die opskrif op Channel 24 ‘n halwe waarheid. Nes Karlien, ervaar Derick ook pyn en seer van hul mislukte huwelik. Derick het al ‘n paar keer in die Huisgenoot verskyn waar hy praat oor sy seer as pa en as man. Hy het ook al talle onderhoude aan koerante soos Beeld en Rapport toegestaan waar hy praat oor die bekende (of is dit die berugte, befaamde?) ring, skei en die kostes daaraan verbonde. Hougaard het homself ook in ‘n Facebook-inskrywing beskryf as die slagoffer wat hy blyk te wees en dat hy uit die persona van die slagoffer wil kom.

Tog, het Derick die artikel wat op Channel 24 verskyn met die pynlike, verwytende titel “Karlien tells Huisgenoot that she has regrets about her marriage to Derick” gedeel op sy persoonlike Facebook-blad. Daar is ook ‘n “support group” en blad op Facebook – Support for Derick Hougaard – waar dié ondersteuners Karlien slegsê. Karlien was in 2016 afgetakel deur die media, sosiale media en aanhangers en buitestaanders na haar en Derick se egskeiding, nuwe liefde, finansiële kwessies, tirades op sosiale media. Karlien het besluit om haar lewe privaat te hou en min, indien geen inligting oor haar private lewe met die publiek en media te deel.

Karlien meen dat haar nuwe album, Sing Vir Liefde, haar eerlikste album is. Dit is outobiografies van aard, omdat Karlien haar hart uitgestort het in liedjies soos “My kruis”, “Skop as ek lê” en “Twee huise”. Karlien is eerlik dat sy die musiekbedryf wou verlaat, maar die Here se wil gebruik nog haar stem om boodskappe oor te dra en mense aan te raak. Die media is ‘n kruis. Die woorde en kommentaar wat mens aftakel is ‘n kruis. Netso, is Maandae ook ‘n kruis vir meeste mense. Watter kruis dra jy?

Die woorde wat ek in “Support for Derick Hougaard”-kommentaarboksies gelees het, maak my skaam. Ek dink nie Derick, of Karlien, of enigiemand, verdien om sleg gesê te word nie. Menswaardigheid is tog inderdaad ‘n mensereg en dra by tot die mens wat die samelewing bou of aftakel. As jy nie iets opbouend en goed kan sê nie, sê dan liewer niks. Party mense het al geleer dat jy nie almal tevrede sal kan stel nie, maar dit gee jou nie die reg om iemand se lewe ondraaglik te maak nie. Derick meen in ‘n tweet in 2016: “Ons mors ons tyd en ons woorde. Breek af as gevolg van jou eie ego,” lui die twiet. Bou eerder mense op en wees daar vir hulle.”

“Daar is baie goeie mense in die wêreld. Moenie toelaat dat die negatiewes jou aandag aftrek en so jou vreugde steel nie.” Karlien beskryf die In Jou Skoene-program wat deur VIA geloots is, as ‘n “eye-opener” tot die goeie mense wat nie afbrekend is tot die gemeenskap en individu nie.

Derick, maak die lewe jou sportsveld, dan kan jy elke dag rugby speel met die bal wat jy met elke sukses oor die pale skop. Sien jou ondersteuners as die vol stadium. Sien die seer as die adrenalien wat inskop voor ‘n game en dat dit jou ‘n sterker man sal maak. [DERICK (TWITTER): “Every sportsman’s dream. Going out on your terms and a full stadium. The power of sport.”]

Karlien, laat die lirieke wat jy neerpen jou suiwer van die pyn, van die seer, en wees ‘n vrygees in die tyd waar geluk jou omhels met liefde.


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