Don’t talk about her, but isolate her
Taylor Swift was recently interviewed by the Telegraph in the UK. She stays on message: my friends are the priority, I don’t want a boyfriend right now, I’m standing up for art, etc etc etc. But the quote that’s getting the most traction, as you would expect, is the one about Katy Perry. Or not about Katy Perry:
“I’m not giving them anything to write about. I’m not walking up the street with boys, I’m not stumbling out of clubs drunk. But I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen.”
All that was said, apparently, with a “steely” smile.
There’s a way to not talk about someone but say everything you need to say, non? So she basically confirmed that they hate each other. How do you hate someone in plain sight? You isolate them. You single out everyone else BUT them. Taylor’s been doing it for months. And now she’s doing it with Lady Gaga on Twitter. Gaga tweeted back.
Is it just me or is Lady Gaga, like, fully LIVING right now?!? #goals— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 1, 2015
@taylorswift13 wow you're a sweetheart! Life is friends, family, and love! We all see that in you, your prince charming will come! ❤️💋— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 2, 2015
As you know, Gaga and Katy Perry have had their issues too.
Isolation has several dimensions though. You don’t just outcast a person. You also create a cocoon around yourself – in Taylor’s case, the cocoon is all her friends. Not just for protection for image. Because if one person is isolated and the other is so popular, and so many people like her, the problem must lie with the isolated and not the isolator, right? Everybody loves Taylor, from Gaga to Kanye to Lena Dunham to Ed Sheeran. She’s so lovable she’s going to be a godmother:
So if Taylor is so loved, and Katy is the only one who doesn’t love her, Katy must be the one who can’t be loved…
That’s how you play it. That’s what never changes, non? No matter the technology, no matter the generation, people have been playing this game forever.
Fine. That game can stay. But can we stop with the belly-cupping? It’s still gross when friends do it to each other!