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Taylor Swift 'Why can we eat salad but not grass' quote – 15 Best online reactions

Shania Wilson May 24, 2022
Taylor Swift Delivers New York University 2022 Commencement Address
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Taylor Swift – correction, Dr Taylor Swift – had some words of wisdom when addressing New York University’s Class of 2022 last week.

The Red singer accepted her honorary doctorate and dished out every life lesson under her belt, including how to “embrace the cringe” and how to learn from failure.

Swift then went on to talk about curiosity in childhood. “Someone tried their best to explain every concept in this insanely complex world to the child that was you, as you asked a bazillion questions like, ‘How does the moon work?’ and ‘Why can we eat salad but not grass?’,” she shared.

In true internet fashion, Taylor’s speech has been taken way out of context, and the salad and grass quote has proved pretty popular in the meme world.

Take a look at these hilarious memes and reactions.

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Taylor Swift says ‘we are each a patchwork quilt’

If we’re taking advice from anybody, it’s going to be Taylor Swift.

Earning 11 Grammy Awards, releasing 9 original studio albums (and two re-recorded albums), and now graduating with an honorary doctorate, there is really nothing Swift can’t do.

Addressing NYU’s class of 2022, the 32-year-old reminded graduates that they hadn’t made this journey on their own.

“We are each a patchwork quilt of those who have loved us,” she said. “Those who have believed in our futures, those who showed us empathy and kindness or told us the truth even when it wasn’t easy to hear. Those who told us we could do it when there was absolutely no proof of that.”

“Someone read stories to you and taught you to dream and offered up some moral code of right and wrong for you to try and live by,” Swift continued.

“Someone tried their best to explain every concept in this insanely complex world to the child that was you, as you asked a bazillion questions like, ‘How does the moon work?’ and ‘Why can we eat salad but not grass?'”

“Maybe they aren’t with us anymore, and in that case, I hope you’ll remember them today. If they are here in this stadium, I hope you’ll find your own way to express your gratitude for all the steps and missteps that have led us to this common destination.”

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‘Why can we eat salad but not grass’ quote is obviously now a meme

Although Taylor Swift was making an important point during the now-infamous “why can we eat salad but not grass” line, the internet has obviously taken it out of context.

Social media users have turned the quote into a meme and, we can’t lie, it’s pretty funny. Take a look below:

The range is impeccable.

Grass is gross.

https://www.tiktok.com/@thekhaleesicat/video/7101060193412304170?_t=8SaBF5EQc7C&_r=1

Yes, it’s the same woman.

https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorstrashbinns25/video/7099315931398311214?_t=8SaBIDXREwf&_r=1

Andrea’s reaction:

It’s good to know.

Same.

It’d be a hit.

Asking the important questions.

Why?

https://www.tiktok.com/@acnhtaylorsversion/video/7099528140392877317?_t=8SaBKtq4TJu&_r=1

This TikTok reaction is hilarious.

https://www.tiktok.com/@k_rk/video/7100668424619199790?_t=8SaBHUBH0vF&_r=1

Great speech.

A lesson to learn.

@megancurry

lucy is now Very Educated!!!! #taylorswift #slay @taylorswift

♬ original sound – Taylor Swift

We agree.

Thinking out loud.

Poetry Snaps.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.