Yes, you read right. Taylor Swift’s career and cultural impact will now be taught at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, with Rolling Stones staff writer Brittany Spanos (a major Swiftie) teaching the course. That’s how ingrained in popular culture ‘America’s sweetheart’ is.
In an interview with Variety, Spanos shared, “I’ve been covering Taylor Swift since I began my writing career a decade ago and have been a super fan of hers for even longer,” adding it was “such an honour to be able to share my Swiftie expertise” with students. “I hope to help them rethink how to engage with one of the things world’s biggest and sometimes divisive stars,” she continued.
The course commenced on 26 January 2022 and will run through 9 March. Spanos shared the news on Twitter, writing, “My official comment is that my students already rule and I am very excited for the rest of the class xo.”
The class will trace the evolution of Swift’s career as a songwriter and entrepreneur, discuss the exploitation of youth and girlhood within the entertainment industry, examine the politics of race in contemporary pop music, consider the legacy of country and pop music, and more. The course will be chaired by music writer and artist Jason King.
“[Brittany Spanos is] a Taylor fan but she also understands how to contextualise her culturally, and get students to think more deeply about her and her music through the lens of gender, feminism, race, and class, and other categories related to identity, and that deeper thinking is what this program is all about,” King told Variety.
It’s even been said that Swift herself has been invited to speak to the class, although it has not yet been confirmed whether or not she will be available to do so.
Before we get into the hot deets—literally—I’d like to strongly highlight the fact that, as far as I could snoop online, this story has not yet been fully confirmed from either side and the Instagram model is yet to be named. That being said, it does look like this rumour has some truth in it. Let me explain.
On Monday 10 January, Instagram page @TooMuchHotTea broke the story of how a mysterious Instagram model had threatened to sue the Canadian rapper Drake for putting hot sauce into his condom. Now, I can understand why this previous sentence might seem confusing at first. You’re probably thinking, ‘what the heck is this about?’.
According to the account, the model and Drake hit it off on Instagram where they started DMing each other—we’re not sure who approached who first. Both eventually met up at a party and later went back to the rapper’s hotel room to smoke some weed and, well, do the deed. Although Drizzy is known for showing signs of predatory behaviour when it comes to teen women, in this instance, it is said that he was very clear about ensuring that their ‘encounter’ was a consensual one.
Too Much Hot Tea went on to explain that prior to their intercourse, the rapper entered his bathroom to put a condom on. After both were done, he went back to the bathroom to throw the used protection in the bin. That’s where things get spicy—again, literally.
The model reportedly pretended like she needed to use the bathroom too in order to find the discarded condom and pour its contents into her. If you’re not sure why she would do that, it’s easy to assume that she was planning on getting pregnant from the ‘Hotline Bling’ singer.
As soon as she did that however, she immediately experienced a burning sensation and started to scream, causing Drake to run back to the bathroom to see what was going on. He then allegedly told the model that he poured hot sauce from a packet into the condom to kill his sperm, should someone try to get pregnant from him.
The Instagram post that started the whole rumour also contained further details about the rapper’s sexual exploits and what his ding-dong looks like.
On Tuesday, Drake seemingly addressed the tabasco fiasco rumour in an Instagram post of his own where the caption read, “You can have your 15 minutes of fame…I’ll take the other 23 hours and 45 mins”—insinuating that his alleged sexual partner was hungry for her 15 minutes of fame.
As crazy as this story sounds, the rapper has previously admitted to the lengths he goes to ensure that no one tries to take advantage of him in the bedroom. On Brent Faiyaz’s song ‘Wasting Time’ Drake can be heard rapping, “Gold medalist, flushed the Magnums just so they not collectin’ my specimens, damn.”
I don’t know about you, but while I patiently wait to see whether this rumour further develops, I’m really enjoying the memes out there…