I'm not usually such a fan of poppy, generic songs with cheesy lyrics, but we all have our exceptions. "Mean" is one of mine.
It's no secret that I've always loved country music, whether or not I'm in a critical mood, so I suppose it's no surprise that one of my guilty pleasure faves would be Taylor Swift. But I just can't help it-- the lyrics to this song, while a little expectedly juvenile and bland, make me feel happy, in a very "take THAT, asshole!" sort of way.
I think I like it so much because I just know people like that. Mean people, that is. People who pick on other people for the sole purpose of just picking on them. Tearing people down, being overly critical. I fucking hate mean people. So I love this song, and it's stuck in my head all the time. Enjoy.
Bonus question: how do you feel about the implications of Taylor Swift's songwriting style and image, as it relates to gender-based stereotypes and equality?
Lyrics under the fold.