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Fans help Taylor Swift rise above her critics

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

Taylor Swift may be the butt of some jokes about what some report are numerous broken romances, but Detroit fans literally gave her a boost recently.

On a recent stop in Motor City during the tour behind her latest album "Red," the 23-year-old crowd-surfed and fans boosted the superstar -- dressed in red, white and blue -- onto their shoulders, according to E! News.

"Detroit. That show was unforgettable," Swift tweeted not long after the almost two-hour concert. "Thank you so much!"

The top-selling artist clearly has made an indelible impact on her fans with both her music and her apparent openness. Ever since Swift released her first album in 2006 at age 16, she has won legions of devoted fans. Consider her debut single, "Tim McGraw," which gave the world a glimpse into her life as a lovelorn teen. As she often reminds fans, her openness about her life is still on full display in her songs.

Onstage
Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran
» Where: Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW
» When: 5:30 p.m. doors Saturday and Sunday
» Info: Both shows sold out as of press time, but tickets may still be available through resellers.

But lately Swift has not been amused by the humor that has generated. She struck out at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who used her romances as fodder when they hosted the recent Golden Globe Awards.

"You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people," Swift told Vanity Fair magazine, according to Fox News. "Because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, 'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.' "

She also defended her habit of writing songs about failed romances.

"For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that's taking something that potentially should be celebrated -- a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way -- that's taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist," she reportedly told Vanity Fair.

Perhaps her anger over the jokes and her passion -- certainly for music -- are why she named her album "Red."

"At one point, Swift even addressed the color red and described its symbolism, describing how it is the color of passion and anger," wrote Adam Graham of the Detroit News. "But Swift's concert didn't provoke any fiery emotions, or much [of] anything outside the realm of hero worship. (Swift loves holding for a few extra beats to take in her cheers.)"

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