Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’ Resurgence Sparks Backlash Against John Mayer


After the official release of the album “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” many Taylor Swift fans recalled the anti-John Mayer era and launched attacks against Swift’s former lover in the online world. 

Many fans believe that the song “Dear John” from the Speak Now album was intentionally written by Swift for the singer of “Gravity.” 

It is known that they were in a relationship from 2009 to 2010, when Mayer was 31 years old and Swift was 19. 

If the latest lyrics from “All Too Well,” “You said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine. And that made me want to die,” prompted Swift’s fans to flood Jake Gyllenhaal’s Instagram comments section in November 2021, imagine their reaction when reminded of the chorus of “Dear John”:

“Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone
Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?
The girl in the dress, cried the whole way home
I see it all now that you’re gone
Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?
The girl in the dress wrote you a song
You should’ve known.”

There is a reason why Swift referred to this song as the “sharpest” one she has ever written, and Swift’s ex-boyfriend, Taylor Lautner, even jokingly said that he “prayed for John” before the album’s re-release. It is not surprising that John Mayer was concerned about this and it later proved to be true. 

Although he did not directly mention his ex-girlfriend during his recent performance in Boulder, Colorado, he included the message “Please Be Kind” written in bright purple lights in the sky, coincidentally the color associated with Swift’s Speak Now era. You can see the photo of it in the last slide of Swift’s latest Instagram post on July 6th.

Unsurprisingly, the comments on that post were filled with Swift fans who were not impressed, even though it went against their idol’s wishes. 

In June, Taylor Swift also requested “kindness” and “gentleness” from her fans on the same night she performed “Dear John” as a surprise song during the Eras tour in Minneapolis. 

“Hopefully, as we approach the release of this album, I want that kindness and gentleness to be extended to the internet activity as well,” Swift said, as recorded by fans in a video taken during the show on June 24th. 

“So, what I want to say is, I released this album because I want to own my own music, and I believe that any artist who wants to own their own music should be able to do so. That’s why I released this album.”

She continued, “I’m 33 years old, I don’t care about anything that happened to me when I was 19, except for the songs I wrote and the memories we made together. So, what I want to say is that I didn’t release this album so that you would feel the need to defend me on the internet against someone whom you think I wrote a song about 14 million years ago when I was 19.”

To this day, both celebrities have not received what they asked for.

“It’s over for you, John mayonnaise???????? speak never????,” commented one user on her post, while others firmly rejected the requests from both artists, saying, “We will not be kind.”

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