People buy cars for some odd reasons. People buy cars because they want to have any car from a brand. Making an automobile purchase because your parents always bought that car or truck is less common now but not unheard of. Buying a car because it’s built in a particular country doesn’t make much sense in the grand scheme of things. I’m guilty of buying a car because I thought it would be funny. Taylor Swift bought her car for a reason that would land most people in therapy if they told their friends and family about it.
Taylor Swift showed that she was incredibly mature and not at all weirdly obsessed with the popular girls in her junior high school, even years later when she was old enough to drive and rich enough to buy a $70,000 car. Taylor bought a Lexus SC430 as a big F.U. to some girls from her junior high class who liked a movie that the car was featured in.
She told The Guardian about her car:
"All the girls who were mean to me in middle school, like, idolized the Plastics," the clique of girls that the movie Mean Girls is about. "I think I chose that car as a kind of rebellion against that type of girl. It was like – you guys never invited me to anything, you guys are obsessed with that car and that girl and what the Plastics wear and how they talk and you quote them all the time, but I’ve been working really hard every single day." She bangs both fists on the arms of her chair in frustration. "And instead of going to parties I’ve been writing songs and playing shows and getting these really small pay checks that have added up and now I get to buy a car – and guess which one I’m going to buy? The one that the girl you idolize has."
This is kind of like Ed Norton’s character in The Italian Job who buys everybody else’s dream stuff after ripping them off. He’s too stupid and petty to spend the money on something he might like, instead all of his happiness stems from a bizarre vindictiveness that the people he’s comparing himself to endlessly will never know or care about. Taylor Swift might not be as dumb and vindictive as that fictional character, but she is weirdly obsessed with people who should have been forgotten by the second week of summer vacation.
So if you’re thinking that Taylor Swift’s habit of making every boy who dates her the subject of songs is creepy, you’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. If she wasn’t wildly rich, I would caution any girl that went to junior high with her to watch out because they would be in serious risk of ending up in a serial killer movie.