Why We’re So Obsessed with Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce

Rachel Khona
Big Boobs and Big Dreams
3 min readDec 10, 2023
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I am not a Swiftie. I’m not a member of the Beyhive or the Rihanna Navy. Nor am I one of Lady Gaga’s little monsters. I love all of the aforementioned artists, but all-consuming fandom has never been my jam. The closest I ever came to freaking out over a musician was when I caught a guitar pick Dave Grohl threw into the crowd. And yet here I am more obsessed with Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce than I am with my own life.

Why? Here are some of the things I’ve seen and heard in the past year:

  • In response to women angry over abortion rights being taken away, men commenting online that women should keep their legs closed.
  • Andrew Tate trying to brag to Greta Thunberg (a literal teenager) about his car emissions, all the while to convince everyone he is in fact an “alpha male.”
  • Ben Shapiro having a meltdown and feeling emasculated over the Barbie movie.
  • Matt Rife, a guy with (allegedly) copious plastic surgery reminding us he’s too hot for anyone to take his (mediocre) comedy seriously.

It’s enough to make a gal’s vagine dry up.

By contrast, Travis Kelce is a breath of fresh cool air on a hot putrid NYC day when the trash piles up and wafts over the city like eau de garbage. At 6'5 and 250 lbs., Travis Kelce is by any traditional societal standard the very definition of an alpha male. Certainly more so than Tate, Shapiro, or Rife. He is considered one of the best tight ends in football, a game largely considered as testosterone-driven and masculine as a sport can be. Not to mention his team the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVII in 2023.

Yet he is not even remotely bothered by the fact that his new pop star girlfriend is both wealthier and more famous than he is. He even went so far as to tell the world he made a friendship bracelet for her with his phone number in it. He didn’t get his agent to call her agent. He didn’t just try to meet her backstage. He didn’t just slide into her DMs. No, sir. He DIY-ed a friendship bracelet, complete with his phone number. That’s some serious beadwork dedication, folks. Not only did he put in the effort, he actually paid homage to the Swifties. Travis Kelce isn’t just catching balls; he’s catching our hearts.

And while Kelce isn’t bothered, it seems many of his legions of fans are. A TikTok prank shows women telling their male significant others things like, “It’s so great Taylor Swift put Travis Kelce on the map.” Many of the men were irritated and angry at the idea that Swift somehow popularized Kelce, even though that is very much what she did. Perhaps not to people who already watch football, but for the rest of us? Yes, indeed. Sales of his jersey shot up by 400% after Swift’s appearance at his game.

And yet the one man who seemingly doesn’t care about any of this machismo hoopla is Travis Kelce. While his fans may feel emasculated by Taylor’s power, he certainly does not appear to be. Whether or not it’s a PR stunt as some have theorized is beside the point. Watching this giant tree trunk of a man get vulnerable on his podcast, sing the praises of his billionaire girlfriend, all the while killing the game himself is nothing short of hot.

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Rachel Khona
Big Boobs and Big Dreams

Humor Writer @ Playboy, Allure, Marie Claire, The New York Times, Cosmo, WashPo. Follow IG: @rachelkhona