‘September': Taylor Swift Dragged for Countrified Cover of Earth, Wind & Fire Classic

“The bland potato salad Chadwick Boseman warned us about,” says one writer

Last Updated: April 13, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

Taylor Swift latest album, 2017’s “Reputation,” may not have been a smash compared to her earlier material, but she’s still a mega-star, even if that’s made her a target for mockery on the internet and Twitter.

So, when Swift decided to return to her country singer/songwriter roots for two Spotify Singles — one an acoustic version of “Delicate,” the other a cover of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September” — it elicited a mixed reaction. To many of her fans, this is a welcome reminder that Swift is still capable of releasing a hit album that isn’t full of glitzy pop. But others are calling foul — including African-American culture site The Root, and ESPN’s race-focused site The Undefeated.

“Taylor Swift’s cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’ is the bland potato salad Chadwick Boseman warned us about,”  The Undefeated tweeted, referencing a recent “Black Jeopardy” sketch on “SNL.”

“That Taylor Swift cover of ‘September’ sounds like housing discrimination,” another tweeted.

See some of the reaction below:

Of course, the song has its defenders too, including those who think the Internet is turning Swift into an easy target. “I don’t like the Taylor Swift ‘September’ cover, but I’m not MAD about it,” one tweeted. “You’re all acting like she pulled out a mandolin and sang ‘Cop Killer.'”

Judge for yourself. Listen to Swift’s cover of “September” and the original below: