It's a very common occurrence for Netflix to release a brand new TV show and for it to quickly shoot to the heights of the streamer's Top 10 list as everyone tries the latest offering. But, it's less common for those shows to net as much early controversy as Ginny & Georgia has in its first few days on the service, and for something as specific as one particular line. Now, music superstar Taylor Swift has spoken out against the show for the "deeply sexist joke."
In case you're wondering why Taylor Swift cares anything about a freshman family drama on Netflix like Ginny & Georgia, you can believe that it's because the on-screen utterance which has people pissed is about the successful singer / songwriter. A lot of Swifties have come out in force over the past couple of days to decry what was said about her in the series, and now Swift herself has taken to Twitter to share her thoughts. As you might imagine, she had some strong words for both those behind Ginny & Georgia and Netflix. Take a look:
Ouch. I completely understand where Taylor Swift and her fans are coming from with this one, but let's fully explain what happened for those who may not have watched Ginny & Georgia. The series is about a young, recently widowed mother, Georgia, who moves her two kids from Austin to a small community in New England. Early in the show, 15-year-old Ginny makes a point to tell us that her mom frequently moves them around based on her relationships with men. Basically, every time Georgia gets into a new relationship or has a breakup, it means that they're going to pick up stakes.
This has led to Ginny and her little brother, Austin, never really being able to make friends because they're always the new kid in school, and by the time they settle in their new home, both kids ask their mom to let it be just the three of them for a while so that a new romance won't interrupt their lives once again. In the final episode of Ginny & Georgia, the two are arguing, and when Georgia asks Ginny about the girl's boyfriend she replies (as the Taylor Swift tweet above notes), "What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift."
Obviously, this comment is meant to be a slam against her mother's long string of broken romances, and Swift and the many fans who've come out to show their displeasure for it are likely correct that such a line, and it's very negative implications, wouldn't have been so easily used had it referenced a man's behavior. While there are famous men who get talked about for their many, many romances, they never get as much heat and negative press for it as women like Taylor Swift do, despite her work ethic and all the love she does get from her legions of fans.
And, Swift didn't mince any words at all making her feelings on the Ginny & Georgia line known. It seems as though it may sting even more for her, seeing as how she'd partnered with Netflix previously on her Miss Americana documentary, which was released a little over a year ago. While Swift is well within her rights to speak out against how the series used her life as fodder, it does also speak to an overall issue about how women are picked apart for their behavior / looks / pretty much everything they do whether public or not.
As of this writing, Netflix hasn't responded to Taylor Swift or any of the criticism, but it will be interesting to see if the company does. All of Ginny & Georgia Season 1 is available on the streamer right now, but for more to watch you can check out our guide to winter / spring 2021 TV.
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