Taylor Swift Does Not Understand The Meaning Of ‘Women Helping Other Women’
9:35 am, March 6th | by Meredith Lepore
Taylor Swift is on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair and she is sounding off about everything that bothers her which, believe it or not, includes things besides her ex-boyfriends. She criticized the nearly universally adored Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for their jokes during the Golden Globes when they told her to stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son. In the interview Swift, uh, may have implied that Tina and Amy are going to hell and are sexist by invoking the Madeline Albright saying, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” (told to her by Katie Couric).
She said to Vanity Fair:
“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,” Swift said.
Okay, there are a few lessons here.
1) Perhaps Swift should learn how to take a joke. Two of the funniest women in the world made a gently teasing joke about you. That’s awesome! Moreover, when someone willingly and proudly puts her private love life on display in the form of thinly veiled hit songs, as Swift does, that part of her life is going to get some attention, and not all of it will be positive.
2) Neither Tina nor Amy criticized Swift for writing those songs. They suggested she hang out alone for a bit and not date anyone, which is generally good advice for serial monogamists. (Although in that case, what would Swift write about?)
3) Tina and Amy have both played female characters on television who are feminists in their own right. I think this speech Tina made last fall, when it was a trend for politicians to make outlandish proclamations about what women should do with their uteruses might make her take that comment back.
Poehler said she was bummed when she heard about Taylor’s comments.
“Aw, I feel bad if she was upset,” she told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff. “
It was nice of Poehler to reach out, but we’re not sure Taylor deserved it. This was pretty gentle ribbing, all things considered. Maybe Taylor’s next relationship should be with a sense of humor? (JK, T. Swift. Guess we’re going to hell too!)