Sunday, December 28, 2014

Taylor Swift basically says Tina Fey is going to hell

Whimsical unicorn princess Taylor Swift graces the cover of Vanity Fair's March issue.

Taylor Swift basically says Tina Fey is going to hell

Taylor Swift arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Whimsical unicorn princess Taylor Swift graces the cover of Vanity Fair's March issue. In the corresponding profile, Swift takes a break from wearing extra eyeliner and dropping the bass to dish on her love life and what it's like seeing it play out in tabloids. She offers up some well-articulated thoughts on tabloid-fueled, modern sexism.

When Sales asks Swift if she’s boy-crazy, Swift smiles. “For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated—a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way—that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”

But, no one is going to want to talk about Swift's enlightening take on modern sexism because she wasn't able to make it through the interview without insinuating that Tina Fey is going to hell. Seriously.

“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people,” Taylor Swift tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales on the subject of 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 scrutinized love life. “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.’”

Ugh. Talk about a hypocrital use of that quote. Taylor Swift publicizes her love life by penning Skrillex-y songs about doodling boys' names on her trapper keeper. Some degree of commentary is inevitable. Telling Tina Fey to go to hell and griping that people are clicking through some HuffPo listicle of boys she might have kissed isn't going to solve anything.

Especially when Fey's comments were tame, well-crafted, and topical during a bit that had her pretending to be drunk and emotional. [Vanity Fair]

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