Taylor Swift opens can of worms
Taylor Swift graces the cover of Vanity Fair this month looking lovely with a guitar by her side. It's an interview that every major gossip blog and entertainment news source has been chewing over this morning because it contains some very rich material.
Swift, 23, who has dated Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner and most recently, Harry Styles, and sung about Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and possibly Joe Jonas, among other failed romances, would like to address the idea that she is a clingy, needy girl.
"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."
Which is interesting, right? Because it wasn't all that long ago that Taylor Swift was saying that she wasn't a feminist. Because her definition of a feminist was someone who saw the world as 'guys versus girls.' Now, it's a shame she doesn't understand what feminism means - we wish her the best on that. We also understand that people can evolve and change over time. But to cry 'sexism' is, uh, a little bit of a stretch. Taylor, it's not the people out there who are portraying you this way - it's your own music! Have you been over your lyrics lately? Do we need to talk about Mary's Song? Or Starlight? No? What about Love Story?
Swift also addresses rumours surrounding her private life. She denies dating a string of famous guys, but confirms she had a relationship with Conor Kennedy and One Direction heartthrob Styles.
"If you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people," she explained.
"The fact that there are slide shows of a dozen guys that I either hugged on a red carpet or met for lunch or wrote a song with it's just kind of ridiculous. It's why I have to avoid the tabloid part of our culture, because they turn you into a fictional character."
Right. The tabloids. Gotcha. Taylor, we don't want to labour the point, we understand that we the media like to focus, perhaps unfairly on every celebrity's love life, and we know your songs are sometimes very moving, and, dare we say, cathartic for lots of young, white women, but could you please have a look one more time at your lyrics? Your raison d'être appears to be how a boy can break your heart. And, more than this, the lyrics are very specific - they carry lots of clues about which male celebrity - and remember, you're dating celebrities - did what at which time to you.
Now for the big one. Taylor is apparently very offended about that joke Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made about her staying away from Michael J Fox's son at the Golden Globes. You remember - it went like this.
"Katie Couric is one of my favourite people," Swift told Vanity Fair in reference to their joke. "Because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."
Allow us to quote New York Magazine now when we say 'There is also probably a special place in Twitter hell for people who square off against superwomen Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope under the guise of feminism.'
But the worst is yet to come for poor Taylor Swift as Amy Poehler has just responded, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. 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."
And Tina Fey told ET Online at at the premiere of her new movie, Admission, "if anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron.
"I did not see that one coming. It was a joke, it was a lighthearted joke."