Within minutes following the city’s tourism bureau declared Swift as the promotional face in the Big Apple on Monday, the choice mocked and was being attacked by New Yorkers appalled that an out-of-towner is the top pitchman of Gotham.
“I am incensed! It is insulting,” Queens-produced Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider told the Daily News. “She doesn’t have any life experience here, or connection to the town.
“There’s so many others – Jerry Seinfeld, for instance, if you want a big name,” Snider added. “But Taylor Swift is the pop culture queen, so she moves into town, and she’s the ambassador.”
The Shake It Off singer announced Monday morning on Good Morning Americathat she has officially been named the Global Welcome Ambassador for NYC!
How did this come about? She said:
“You learn a lot when you get here, and the cool thing about being named the Welcome Ambassador for Tourism — which was the craziest, coolest thing — is that I’m still learning. But I’m so enthusiastic about this city that I feel like, when I love something, I’m very vocal about it, I’m vocal about it with my music. I just go around like, ‘Everybody! New York is amazing!’ So I think they just picked up on that and gave me a title.”
Makes sense to us. Gurl is always seen all over the city, she talks it up all the time, she wrote a song for 1989 called Welcome To New York – though we heard that one was about Harry Styles. Credits: Taylor Swift Has A New Job! Find Out Why She’ll Be Officially …
Swift’s defenders point out that the Pennsylvania-born, Tennessee-raised vocalist lives in Tribeca and is constantly out and about in Manhattan — but detractors immediately counter that her flat is no fifth-floor walk-up with a lease cosigned by her parents, but a $20 million penthouse.
She is also occasionally in Times Square for TV appearances.
The choice of Swift was illogical on its face that it was being slammed by cultivated Canadians.
“Does she know how much to add to a MetroCard to end up without a few cents trapped on it?” asked NY1 anchorman Pat Kiernan, who has become synonymous with the city. “Does she know which hot dog vendor sells the ‘Recession Special?’ Does she know that 44th Ave., 44th Rd. and 44th Dr. are all parallel streets in Queens? Does she know who Dr. Zizmor is?”
New York guide Seth Kamil, owner of Big Onion Tours, stacked on in exactly the same manner.
“Is she gonna ride the subway?” asked Kamil. “Is she going to go to Queens?”
Last week when Taylor Swift released the song “Welcome to New York” we were confused. We were confused because it was bad. Very bad. So much worse than the single she released a few days earlier (which we sincerely love). Most of all we were confused because there was nothing particularly familiar in this lab-engineered New York anthem. Credits: Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” Is Literally a Tourism …
Consequently, the bureau’s Facebook page was strike with negative posts — “Seems like a truly ridiculous ambassador,” wrote Kiersten Kehrer in a typical post — but Kamil suggested that the choice of Swift reveals more about how New York perceives itself than it does about the woman hired to sell the city.
“New York has chosen to portray itself as America’s playground, and not necessarily a place where New Yorkers live,” he said. “Taylor Swift has this nice, clean, wholesome image. She doesn’t have addiction issues, she doesn’t have a trash mouth.”
“New York City is the melting pot, and everyone comes from somewhere,” said former “Real Housewife of NYC” Jill Zarin. “She represents youth, talent, creativeness, and she is definitely a role model.”
Greatest New Yorker, Barneys Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan, concurred that there’s “no downside” in the Taylor Swift pick.
“She is the biggest pop star on the planet at this moment,” said Doonan. “I am sure it will inspire lots of people to visit our town. Go Taylor!”
Actually, it is not difficult to visualize. Jay Z dealt drugs. And Nicki Minaj sings about her behind.
“It’s all about who’s gonna get the most (positive) news coverage for New York, not who’s the most worthy,” Snider sniffed.
“Welcome to New York” is not so worthy — it’s more a TV jingle than a song, one that Brooklyn rapper El-P tweeted “makes me want to finally move from New York.”
Maybe one reason why Taylor Swift is the new tourism poster girl in New York is left unsaid: Given her history, if she decides to pack it in and leave in New York, she can surely write one hell of a breakup tune about it.
24-year-old singer has revealed on “Good Morning America” that she is the ambassador for New York City as she will be representing the said area to tourists.
Swift said during the announcement that New York is where you will learn a lot when you get there. She added: “And the cool thing about being named the Welcome Ambassador for Tourism — which was the craziest, coolest thing — is that I’m still learning. But I’m so enthusiastic about this city that I feel like, when I love something, I’m very vocal about it, I’m vocal about it with my music. I just go around like, ‘Everybody! New York is amazing!’ So I think they just picked up on that and gave me a title.” Credits: Taylor Swift is the NYC Global Welcome Ambassador – Local News …
The pros talk.
- New Yorkers power-walk. “Walking fast and knowing how to weave through human traffic is an art,” actress Emma Roberts told Vanity Fair.
- New Yorkers have all been a crime victim and moved on. “I had someone rip my cellphone right out of my hand,” said Big Onion Tours owner Seth Kamil.
- New Yorkers take the subway even though you know it has bed bugs or Ebola. “Getting on the IRT and figuring that out!” said Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. “New Yorkers go underground.”
- New Yorkers know their neighborhoods. “You’ve got your restaurants, your shops, and your places that you go where people know you, and not because you’re a celebrity,” says Snider.
- New Yorkers hate the city, but can’t live without it. “Like any true love, it drives you crazy. But you know you wouldn’t change anything,” Taylor Swift wrote in “Welcome to New York.” Hey!
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