Although it was one of her first big hits, “You Belong With Me” is still one of Taylor Swift’s most popular songs to date. Every time we hear it we can’t help but turn up the volume and sing along — because we know every single word. It’s more than a catchy tune, though. It’s a story that a lot of us can relate to. We’re in love with a boy who’s in love with a popular cheerleader, and we want said boy to dump said cheerleader and be with us instead. Even if it didn’t happen for us, it happened for T-Swift at the end of the song.
There’s a fan theory circulating out there that might make you think about the song from a different point of view, though. A Swifty on Reddit convinces us to think of it this way: “Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me’ is a closeted gay teen’s plea to his repressed, straight best friend.” Sounds interesting, right? This is how they justify it:
First of all, even though Taylor Swift is a girl singing the song, the lyrics by themselves don’t indicate that the protagonist is a girl at all. All we know is the cheerleader wears “short skirts” and the singer wears “t-shirts.” And the singer is in “the bleachers” while the cheer captain girlfriend is out on the field. It could very easily be a guy who is watching the football game from the sidelines.
The singer and their football player crush are best friends, and they tell each other about their dreams, chat for hours on a park bench together, have the same taste in music, and share a bond that this cheerleader hasn’t the first clue about. Could this special relationship be between two men?
The fan theory even says the line “Standing by and waiting at your backdoor” is a sexual reference that indicates the football player is still closeted. Everything could be solved if he just come out, join the gay protagonist in a real relationship, and kick that mean cheerleader to the curb.
Essentially, this Taylor Swift fan believes “You Belong With Me” is about nothing more than homosexual repression. We don’t think it’s likely, but we sure do like the interpretation anyway.