Taylor Swift’s ill-advised, sort-of-not-really feminist dis of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler has led where our culture dictates all disputes between successful women must go: into a bigger, ongoing dispute. It’s like the Angel Haze and Azealia Banks beef all over again, but with much, much worse rapping.
Okay, so Swift, in the April Vanity Fair cover story, defended herself against Fey and Poehler’s jokes about her romantic history when they were co-hosting the Golden Globes. “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,'” Swift is quoted as saying, referring to a quote that Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, made in 2006. This, because we the online media thrive on controversy and people who share stories without reading, led to headlines about Swift saying Fey and Poehler were Literally Going to Burn in Hell omg no she di’n’t.
Fey and Poehler have, for whatever reason, responded to all of this, and while they’re totally right and awesome as ever, it all still makes us want to die inside because it just goes to show how much people must enjoy clicking on stories about famous women trashing each other. “It was just a joke, and I think it was actually a very benign joke,” Fey told Us Weekly, a publication that empowered women this morning with such headlines as “Rihanna Bares Her Butt in Thong, Thigh-High Boots in Topless Picture” and “Kim Kardashian: ‘I Dress for Kanye West Way More Than for Myself!'” Poehler sort of apologized and went on to make other funny jokes: “Aw, I feel bad if she was upset,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “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. “
Meanwhile, JustJared got a copy of the new InStyleUK, which also has Swift on the cover. As for her biggest fear, Swift said, “What I worry about is that I never want to end up kind of a self-centered, vain human being.” Madeleine Albright wasn’t available for comment.
This is all the karmic price we have to pay for the wondrous existence of Swift’s “Trouble (Yelling Goats Remix).”