Taylor Swift is a talented young singer with a career that’s going gangbusters. She also, like Anne Hathaway, is a young woman that seems to irritate other young women a lot for no discernible reason. Is Hathaway too girly, perhaps? Does Swift spend too much time to pretending to be shocked, just shocked, at her success? Does she date too many guys, whatever that means for an attractive, successful 20-something woman? Regardless, she’s been the butt of many jokes lately, including one at the Golden Globes that apparently hurt her feelings. Now, Globes co-host and my future best friend Amy Poehler has apologized for being a mean girl.
The story starts at January’s Golden Globes ceremony, hosted by Poehler and Tina Fey. The pair joked about Swift dating Michael J. Fox‘s son, and Fey said the singer, who had recently broken up with One Direction singer Harry Styles, should take “some ‘me time’ to learn about herself.”:
Pretty harmless, it seems to me, but Swift was not a fan. She says she was in teh bathroom when the joke was made, but “what it ended up adding to was this whole kind of everyone jumping on the bandwagon of ‘Taylor dates too much,’” Swift tells Vanity Fair this month. ”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.’”
OK, so actually I guess that’s KIND OF a fair point, though women are certainly not obligated to play nicey-nice to each other at all times. Still, making fun of a young person for dating too much plays into a lot of nasty old tropes, and blah blah blah. Anyway, here’s where the story gets good: The Hollywood Reporter called up Amy Poehler and asked her about it, and she was super-nice and supportive of Swift’s career.
“Aw, I feel bad if she was upset,” she said. “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.”
Once again proving that Amy Poehler is the absolute best.