March 5, 2013

Can you even imagine what it’s like to be Taylor Swift—to be so young and rich and media powerful that you can take on any entity and expect to win? Few people, whether celebrities or bloggers or politicians, would ever seek to start some shit with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose combined Q ratings would probably survive a video of them performing stand-up at Kim Jong-un’s birthday party. And yet there’s Taylor, giving an interview in Vanity Fair that makes no bones about it: She doesn’t appreciate their humor aimed at her dating life. From the magazine:

“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people,” Taylor Swift tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales on the subject of mean girls in general and in response to an incident at this year’s Golden Globes, where Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked her highly scrutinized love life. “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.’”

There’s a point there, even if it’s couched in side-eye rather than a frank discussion about the real issue: that it’s routine to poke fun at celebrity women who seem to date a lot, but dudes are fairly exempt from the whole ordeal. Sure, there’s a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy in Swift’s tendency to date guys who lead her to write songs about why she’s sad/happy she dated those guys, but it’s well within her rights to treat her music like a public Livejournal—because it’s not like any other musician or artist, ever, has avoided doing so. It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t with Taylor—she’s an emotional slut for dating around, and a prude for calling things off. In between, it’s easier to make fun of that rather than opine about a celebrity culture that begs for its stars to fuck up somewhere so that there’s something to joke about.

But hey, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation are great, and what’s a joke between millionaires? Taylor should toughen up and stop being such a stick in the mud, right?

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