Vigilant Citizen — Oct 10, 2018
American Music Awards, 2018. Click to enlarge
Most of my articles about award shows stress one important fact: They’re often carefully orchestrated pieces of ritual drama involving a limited number of characters. Take a look at my previous articles about past award shows and you’ll quickly see a clear pattern forming.
The 2018 AMAs obviously fit in this unmistakable pattern. The entire show was orchestrated to convey to convey a clear message: “All Hail Taylor Swift”. And, in an era where everything must be politicized to an extreme level, Swift made her political “coming-out” at the most strategic moment possible.
When Taylor sings the line “He had it coming”, she swirls around a devil’s horn hand sign. Everything about this performance was tightly choreographed and this was clearly intentional. Click to enlarge
The Coming Out