Toasting the Real Winners and Losers of the VMAs By Rob Sheffield

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Everybody decided right away this awesomely whacked-out goth breakup ballad was about Kanye West, despite the lack of any lyrical evidence. ?Wasn't it easier in your firefly-catchin? days?? How the hell is that about a rapper from Chicago? There's the line ?you?re 32,? but lots of people are 32, and lots of them have done crazy shit lately. Maybe this song is about James Franco's stint on ?General Hospital?? Or ?Innocent? might be a pep talk for Ruben Studdard, American Idol's ?Velvet Teddybear,? who turned 32 the day of the VMAs. That dude's been through some tribulations lately. But really, ?Innocent? just sounds like it's about a sad girl with big dreams in a small town, like every other song Tay's ever written. I love the line, ?Lost your balance on the tightrope / It's never too late to get it back.? Tell that to the Flying Wallendas, sweetie — after you fall off the tightrope, it is, in fact, too late. Maybe Taylor needs her own Jackass-style warning label: don't go tightrope-walking with this girl! She?ll get you sponged off the sidewalk!
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