When did Taylor Swift become controversial?
At a glance, could there be anyone more suited to appeal to pretty much everyone, ever? Aspiring singer-songwriter with big dreams moves to Nashville to make a country album and, through her melodic candor about love won and lost and her warm embrace of her steadily growing fan base, transcends genres and continues to put out wildly infectious hit songs. She's got style, she's got grace... wait, those are the lyrics to "Vogue." Regardless, what's not to like?
Perhaps nothing. But that didn't prevent something strange from happening while Swift was becoming one of the defining pop superstars of a generation.