This new Taylor Swift interview in Vanity Fair...
Let’s break it up into two parts. Because, as it always is with Taylor Swift, there’s SO MUCH TO FEEL.
The article was written by Nancy Jo Sales, a veteran writer who you may remember from that classic, amazing article on Leonardo DiCaprio I linked to several times last year. The point is, we’re not dealing with an amateur reporter. In an excerpt posted on the Vanity Fair website today, here’s how Taylor responded in a discussion about “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 scrutinised love life”:
“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.’”
Some people, the Swift haters, are interpreting on the negative -- Taylor Swift is telling Tina and Amy to GO TO HELL!!!
And others are claiming the quote is taken out of context, not meant to be directed at Tina and Amy specifically but as an overall statement about women criticising other women. Indeed, it would be prudent to wait to read the entire article, and then examine how her comments fit in to the conversation as it unfolded, rather than throw down an analysis based on a preview.
Having said that, if Taylor Swift had a sense of humour, and if she had applied that sense of humour to Tina and Amy’s joke, we would have undoubtedly been given an altogether different quote.
Taylor Swift laughs along as people who laugh at her love life!
Taylor Swift thinks Tina and Amy were hilarious!
No, we didn’t get that quote. We didn’t get that quote because Taylor Swift is humourless. She proved it shortly after that incident went down, when she told her fans to essentially stand down on attacking Michael J Fox after he commented on the Tina and Amy bit and seemed to judge her career and subsequently apologised...which she sanctimoniously revealed on Twitter. As if it were acceptable for her fanbase to go after a legend, and equally acceptable for her to call them off on the grounds that he had said sorry, instead of, oh, you know, the whole thing actually being HARMLESS.
If she were being criticised by, say, Donald Trump, or any other blowhard, I get it, the self-righteousness.
This is Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. These are two of the most CAPABLE and SMART and respected women in the business. A less entitled (that magic word again) person would take a minute, maybe two, and ask herself:
If Tina and Amy are giving it to me, do I maybe deserve to be given it to? Should I just eat it for a while, even though it’s so hard not to retaliate, because there’s benefit, ultimately, to restraint? It should be a first response. Because at least then you can evaluate. That’s what we call “checking ourselves”. Restraint is so underrated. As Duana told me last week, it’s because dignity is no longer a commodity. The trend, instead, especially among the young and famous, is to immediately play victim. Poor, poor put-upon Taylor Swift. Bad, bad Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Because if she’s throwing down an ultimatum -- Taylor or Tina/Amy -- who over 20 is actually picking Taylor?
Click here to read the Taylor Swift Vanity Fair excerpt.
And below -- Tina and Amy, bound for hell, both out yesterday. Tina, in particular, who was at a party for her upcoming film Admission hosted by NBC’s “Moms & the City” which, f-ck, why does 30 Rock have to be over because I would have wanted to hear that joke.