From “Tim Mcgraw” to “Shake it Off” Taylor is a special kind of chameleon, just like our good buddy LaVar Ball.
Just over a decade ago America was graced with a blonde haired, blue eyed, country twanged starlet singing about dusty back roads and boys driving Chevy trucks. We were suddenly inundated with Swift, but she seemed to stick to the country category. Peppered throughout CMT and Big Dog Country, she rarely made an appearance elsewhere. But if you were a country fan, you knew who she was no doubt.
LaVar started the same way. You had to be a real hoops fan to know him. When Lonzo was in high school, LaVar had the same braggadocio that he does today. But then, much like Swift, he was a novelty, a mere passing phase, nothing more than a loud dad living out his dreams vicariously through his talented son.
Much like Swift, as LaVar’s brand grew, more and more outlets started picking up his story. When Lonzo went to UCLA, so did LaVar Ball. All of a sudden it wasn’t just high school recruiting sites dropping his name, it was ESPN. The leap came sudden and then stayed on our radar.
LaVar Ball responds to Joel Embiid’s fine from the NBA: “When you working for somebody, shut your mouth.” pic.twitter.com/HrsD0RKXxn
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) July 15, 2017
Taylor wasn’t much different. Just two years after her debut she started to cross genres. “You Belong With Me” started showing up on pop stations. You didn’t have to be a country fan to know who she was. She became a little more than just a one hit wonder at that point and we all started to realize that her fifteen minutes of fame was turning into a lifetime of recognition.
Ms. Swift went the next step and crossed further genres by dumping the southern drawl (odd because she’s from PA) and stepping into the realm of super stardom by releasing a full blow pop album. There aren’t too many places left in the world where Taylor Swift is not a household name.
🚨BREAKING NEWS 🚨
Taylor Swift’s 1989 has OFFICIALLY sold the mark of 10 MILLION copies sold this week. (10,005,000 total). pic.twitter.com/iLPy5g6z62
— Taylor Swift Now (@TaylorSwiftN0W) July 20, 2017
She has graced numerous magazines covers, sang on every award show, and has been heard on radio stations all over the world. You no longer have to be a music fan to know her. Everyone inherently knows her.
Mr. Ball has now entered into a new realm of stardom. He’s become a Kardashian, more famous for being famous than famous for ever having done something spectacular. He has crossed all sorts of genres in the news, from sports, to politics, to TMZ. LaVar has become known to people who have never watched a basketball game in their life.
Y’all didn’t know where Michael Jackson got all his moves? LaVar Ball. pic.twitter.com/b928uIiPgn
— Spark ⚡️ Sports (@sparksports) July 21, 2017
To them he’s “that dad who has a bunch of kids who are good at basketball”. And I truly believe that’s what he wants.
Much like Taylor, he is both loved and hated and that only makes him more loved and hated and more famous. He and Swifty have been able to change and morph into whatever they need to in order to stay at the top of the celebrity heap.
Whether or not Lonzo or the other boys end up being forgettable, make no mistake, you won’t forget about dear old dad.
— Spark ⚡️ Sports (@sparksports) July 13, 2017
Anthony Norman White is a writer from New York, John Candy Enthusiast, Pi's Dad, Musician, Author of Literary Fiction and Poetry, Hip Hop Fanatic.