Remember yesterday when America’s breakup artist Taylor Swift, the clear victim of furious slander and lies and public humiliation, got super sassy toward Amy Poehler and Tina Fey after they made a couple of cracks about her at the Golden Globes? Swift wanted everybody to know that when she insults people publicly, it’s art; when other women do so, they deserve to go to “a special place in hell.”
Fortunately for Taylor Swift, Fey and Poehler are adults and thusly responded in rational adult manners. Fey remarked:
“If anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron. I did not see that one coming. It was a joke, it was a lighthearted joke.”
It was Poehler’s response, though, that I loved. It was sweet, to the point and funny (surprise!):
“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. “
While she offered the typical “sorry you feel that way” apology that everybody gives when they sort of don’t give a damn about whom their apologizing to, she nevertheless didn’t fuel the fire. Simply by offering brief words toward Swift, then making a humorous comment, Poehler encouraged the situation to be seen as a silly, overblown issue — just as it already was until Swift decided to condemn Fey and Poehler to hell’s private island of Bitch.
While I generally hate the “sorry you feel that way” thing, I am totally fine with it in this case. Swift is being a bit of a delusional brat and it’s starting to frustrate me that she is seen as representing my age group (we were born within two months of one another, yet I still feel people are fine with her acting like a middle schooler). Sure, as many commenters will/have pointed out, she’s “done more with her life” than I or many others have, but “with great doing comes great criticism.” That’s a phrase, right? Because it’s true: the more publicly you project your life, the more likely you are to get criticized, and that is that. Whining about your exes on a nationally-broadcast stage then whining when other people poke fun about it is just plain silly.
Now, as many of you regular readers may know, I am obsessed with GIFs. Deputy Editor Ashley Cardiff is well-aware of this, and sends (I daresay GIFts) me with the best ones she locates around this here Internet. I have been saving the gem below for several weeks, knowing there would be a perfect instance to use it with regard to the overreaction of a ridiculous celebrity in response to something harmless. Thank you, Taylor. Thank you.
Look, I don’t want to delve too deeply into why Swift is being hypocritical — we’ve all already covered that thoroughly, thanks to some of our wonderful readers’ help! — or why Poehler is actually one of the most supportive role models out there, particularly for young females. All I want to say is that
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