Taylor Swift continues to be a hypocrite. Remember when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a harmless joke about her during an awards show and Taylor said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
For someone who was so offended over being “teased” by two women, she seems to have no problem writing an entire song slamming another female celebrity.
In a Rolling Stone interview Taylor describes a song called “Bad Blood” about another pop star who was being ‘fake.’:
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” she says. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'” Then last year, the other star crossed a line. “She did something so horrible,” Swift says. “I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
How does publicly calling this person out make it less awkward? Now, of course, Taylor knew that we would find out who she was talking about since she gave about 100 details and clues for us to figure it out. It was confirmed that Katy Perry hired three of Taylor’s backup dancers. I don’t see how that is catty or a big deal? It sounds like business.
That’s like saying if you work at one place then go to work at another your new job is conspiring against your old one. Ultimately it was the backup dancers who chose to leave Taylor for Katy because, shocking, the people who work for you are people not pawns in some stupid feud. Furthermore, losing three backup dancers does not and will never “sabotage an entire arena tour.
Katy later tweeted:
For someone who “hates conflict” she sure is stirring the shit by very publicly slamming another artist—a tactic she uses to promote every album. It’s no secret that Taylor Swift likes to write her songs about other high profile celebrities in order to create publicity and buzz. I think that after courting a negative reputation for dating peeps for the song content, she has turned away from bashing famous dudes to bashing famous women.
The only trouble is that this tactic isn’t exactly in line with Taylor’s new found feminism. This is the kind of thing I’ve always disliked about Taylor. She is always positioning herself as “not like the other girls” by drawing dichotomies.
Whether it’s “she wears short skirts/I wear t-shirts” or “My ex-man brought his new girlfriend/She’s like “Oh, my god!” but I’m just gonna shake,” or “Too many cool kids, uh uh, uh uh (who’s Taylor Swift anyway, ew?).” So many of Taylor’s themes are about how she is different than the cool girls and how her not feeling a part of the in-crowd justifies shitting on the people who are.
Taylor is always playing with the idea that there are “good girls” and “bad girls” and that she is one of the good ones. And the thing is, if you want to call other celebrities out for being buttholes to you, that’s actually fine. These are celebrities not politicians, the world isn’t going to end if one celeb admits that another treated them horribly.
The trouble is Taylor is half-saying it. She always talks shit about a celeb without saying their name but gives enough information for the public to figure it out. Then she has the audacity to act holier than thou and above the generic, cliched cattiness associated with women. These are typical, high school mean girl tactics.
Taylor Swift isn’t any victim. She is playing this weird, mean-spirited game that literally nobody else seems to be interested in. There are plenty of opportunities for the people she disses to say something back and they usually don’t.
For Taylor constantly asserting that she is different from the “mean, popular girls,” she seems more and more like a bully. That’s what bullies do they pick on other people, gossip about them and publicly humiliate them. Then they walk away feeling better about themselves, unscathed.