Just because Taylor doesn't specifically say anyone's name she does bring up things subtlety. She basically rode of the Kanye incident for quite sometime and yes people knew it. People do Taylor wrong but she is also no innocent even though so many people thing she is. I am sure everyone knows that sweet girl that everyone thinks is always innocent but in fact are not really. I am not saying Taylor is some evil person but she is also not that innocent.
I think that anyone who knows Taylor as a fan knows that she isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. She wouldn’t tell you she is. And if you read her GQ Interview, she doesn’t hate the term calculated because she isn’t. She hates it because it’s presented as a bad thing - as she said there, careers take hard work, and she resents that putting in effort and caring about what you do and how you’re perceived is a bad thing to some people. That’s her perfectionist nature, as a woman, as a musician, and as a businesswoman.
There’s plenty that I will openly criticize about Taylor’s PR, especially during the Paula years, though most of it isn’t her fault. But there’s really just no evidence that she capitalized off of the Kanye thing. She already had a hit single - actually several - on country AND pop radio. She WON that award herself before Kanye made his moment her own. And then after it happened, she all but refused to talk about it. She, a young artist, literally hung up on a radio host for pressing too hard and not allowing her to drop it. She’s performed innocent fewer times live than I can count on one hand. IMO the Kanye incident did a disservice and made her into a victim, and she has spent her entire career between then and 1989 trying to distance herself from it and move out of that shadow and establish herself as her own artist that isn’t some coy, shy little girl.
I don’t know why people are so obsessed with the idea that Taylor got to where she is now on the coattails of anything but her own hard-ass work, and I will stand by that until the day I die.