But she’ll be lining it up, that shot, and when it comes for you, well…
Three years ago, while hosting the Golden Globes, Tina and Amy Poehler made a joke about Taylor Swift and Michael J Fox’s son. And Taylor Swift took it really personally. Two months later, in Vanity Fair, when asked about that moment, this is what she said:
"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."
Last year, during her sessions with the recording academy, when she was campaigning for Grammy (click here for a refresher), she brought it up while talking about her songwriting process. And this year, while answering VOGUE’s 73 questions, she huffed about how she became the national lightning rod or something for slut-shaming. Or something. Click here for a refresher. It’s the conversational equivalent of a subtweet.
At the time, upon learning that Taylor was insulted by their joke, Tina and Amy weren’t apologising. In fact they were almost patronising. Tina’s response was to reiterate that it was “just a joke, and I think it was actually a very benign joke”. Amy said, “Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff."
Since then, neither one has spoken of it. Until now. Have you been watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? I haven’t. But those who have watched point out that Tina dropped something for Taylor in Episode 9. According to Vulture:
During the episode, Titus (Tituss Burgess) refuses to allow Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) to use the shower because he is giving his collection of Barbies a perm. Kimmy goes to work as an Uber driver unshowered, where she picks up psychiatrist Andrea Bayden (played by none other than Tina Fey), who gives her drunk advice to put herself before others. Kimmy gets home and tells Titus she's not going to take it anymore, and will take a shower anyway, Barbies be damned. "How could you do this to my Barbies?" Titus wails. "You know there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."
So. Does Taylor know? Of course she knows. OF COURSE she knows. Tina waited 3 years before finding the right time to fire this off, write this into a script. Taylor’s probably writing her response song now. It’s a battle of words, writer vs writer. Or maybe not. Because when you look at it that way, Taylor might astutely realise she might not be able to out-word Tina Fey. Instead, then, does she reach out to Tina to bury this and get a photo opportunity in for Instagram? It isn’t worth it if you can’t brag about it.
Attached - Tina Fey at the Tribeca Talks Storytellers event in New York last night.