A couple weeks ago, The Fresnan dug up this Taylor Swift feature from the July issue of Marie Claire. Writer Kimberly Cutter did some of her interviewing here in Fresno, when Swift played Save Mart Center in April. That sounds innocent enough, right?
Well, Cutter used Fresno as a bit of a punching bag — basically for no reason — in her finished piece:
“Fresno is an interesting place to see Swift perform. Basically, the whole town has gone bananas over her — including the mayor, who has officially proclaimed today “Taylor Swift Day.” (In part, this may be an attempt to distract residents from the fact that Fresno was recently rated the number one Drunkest City in America by Men’s Health magazine, but still …)
“A dusty farm town in the middle of California, Fresno is the land of monster trucks and short-haired, churchgoing ladies in ruffled homemade aprons and Easy Spirit shoes who sell their crafts at the Big Hat Days festival in neighboring Clovis. Swift, who does not drink or swear or flash cleavage, is huge here.”
“I’m offended to say the least,” Swearengin said. “I find this to be extremely pretentious and completely uninformed … To see our community criticized in this way is just really over the line.”
You do have to wonder if Ms. Cutter actually saw any of Fresno — or if she just went off her stereotypes of Fresno and let her observations confirm them as fact. You also have to if Mayor Swearengin is going to cancel “Taylor Swift Day.”
One thing is for sure: We won’t be seeing “Kimberly Cutter Day” in Fresno anytime soon.