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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s co-hosting stint at the Golden Globes may have gone over very well with an overwhelming majority of the viewing public, the guests in attendance and the critics watching at home, but apparently, the ladies’ hilarious antics fell flat with at least one woman: Taylor Swift. The twenty-three-year-old pop star was none too pleased with a comment the comediennes made about her long history of romantic relationships, and almost two months later, she’s still pissed off about it.
You can take a look at the moment in question in the following video…
If you take it from Taylor, members of the media should be celebrating the fact that she’s a woman and is willing to put her innermost feelings down on paper, but instead, she feels she’s been turned into a “fictional character” that’s “clingy” “insane” and “desperate” just because she dates and later vents about it. Ordinarily, she can write the comments off as sexist when they come from men, but when Tina and Amy criticized her too, it apparently pushed her over the edge.
Here’s what she told Vanity Fair when asked if she cared the women poked fun at her…
“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people 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.’”
I get why Swift is frustrated. An overwhelming majority of us date straight up assholes or emotional basketcases or underachieving lowlifes or vapid idiots at some point between the ages of fifteen and twenty-two. It must suck to go through all of that in front of the cameras and have to listen to people make comments about it, but unfortunately for Swift, she has not earned the moral high ground here. She gives that up every time she chooses to use her relationships as fodder for her songwriting. She is the one who has created a culture in which people are obsessed with her love life, just as Charlie Sheen created a culture in which people were obsessed with his craziness and tiger blood.
In the aforementioned interview, she refused to answer questions about her personal life but then hilariously instructed one of her friends to answer as many questions about her ex-boyfriends as were asked. So, either she’s too stupid to understand having a friend spill details increases media hype too or she’s fully aware that writing angry songs about famous men and stirring the pot is a goldmine but thinks all conversations and jokes about her love life should be on her terms. I don’t buy the former explanation at all. She’s too smart for that. So, it has to be the latter, and the fact that she thinks it’s sexist for men and traitorous for women to criticize her is idiotic.
The aforementioned quote about women not helping other women is widely attributed to Madeline Albright. It’s most commonly used to describe situations in which a woman finds herself surrounded by mostly men and gets not only no help but also the cold shoulder or outright hostility from the few women already there. In theory, women who have risen to the tops of male-dominated careers should have the exact knowledge needed to bond with and aid other ladies trying to do the same thing, but sadly, that knowledge is not always given---hence, the special place in hell. Unfortunately, Swift seems to think this very astute observation should prevent comediennes, who make their living pointing out the absurdities in people and society, from making comments about other women, which would severely hamper their ability to do their job. She seems to think any comment made about one woman should be treated as a comment made about all women, which might apply for things like reproductive rights and safety but sure as hell shouldn’t apply for personal relationship decisions.
Fey and Poehler have every right to criticize Swift, just as they have every right to criticize anyone else famous for the decisions they willingly make public. There’s nothing anti-women or sexist about that, and the sooner the pop star learns that, the sooner she can come to terms with the real consequences of the decision she makes every time she publically tells her famous ex-boyfriends they’re never ever getting back together.