Taylor Swift Mocked Over Viral 'Eras' Tour Dance


Editor’s Note: Our readers responded strongly to this story when it originally ran; we’re reposting it here in case you missed it.

Taylor Swift’s “Eras” tour — so named, I can only assume, because it seems to have spanned several epochs of recorded human history — is still going on.

And now, it’s getting roundly mocked because TayTay’s dancing is wearing a bit thin or getting a bit weird, depending on your interpretation of what happened during a show in the United Kingdom.

According to TMZ, a viral clip from a concert in Edinburgh, Scotland, had fans and detractors alike calling Swift’s moves “cringey” and comparing them to dance moves from the last century.

Swift played Murrayfield Stadium in the U.K. city June 7-9; according to Sky News, the sold-out shows had been expected to inject nearly $100 million into the local economy.

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“These sell-out shows brought huge and wide-ranging benefits to the city – reflected both in terms of the estimated up to £77m it contributed to the local economy, but also as a further boost to our global reputation as a great place to live, work and visit,” said Edinburgh City Council leader Cammy Day — who, in spite of the name, is a man.

(As anyone who’s ever watched “Trainspotting” can attest to, Scotland’s a weird place.)

Day added that the concerts — the largest arena shows ever in the country, Sky News reported — were to be a “fantastic start to an incredible summer of culture in the capital.”

That was before Swift decided to shake it like an amateur Chubby Checker in boots:

@harryalex98 I’m the one who makes you laugh when you know you’re ‘bout to cry ✨ #taylorswift #erastour #erastouredinburgh #edinburgh #youbelongwithme #fyp ♬ original sound – HarryAlex98

The original clip came from TikTok user @harryalex98, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

While this display of dancing talent came, from the sound of things, during her performance of “You Belong With Me,” she appeared to be desperately trying to shake something off.

The clip quickly made it off TikTok and onto wider social media, where it was less well-received outside the Swiftie bubble.

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Oh, and there were captions:

And, as TMZ noted, other social media users “compared the dance moves to small children demanding snacks or how a person dries off getting out of the shower … with countless other jokes at her expense … it’s brutal.”

Whether or not Swift cares is another matter entirely; as the BBC reported, the Swifties dancing at the June 7 Edinburgh show were so enthusiastic they managed to register seismic activity miles away.

“It’s amazing that we’ve been able to measure the reaction of thousands of concertgoers remotely through our data,” said Callum Harrison, a seismologist with the British Geological Society.

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Let’s hope that as they set off the Richter scale, they also managed some less cringeworthy dance moves in the process.

Maybe TayTay can get away with this sort of thing with her hardcore fans, but the rest of the world is beginning to think Swiftie-mania is wearing thin and Taylor herself is becoming increasingly ridiculous.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Morristown, New Jersey
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture