If you saw the title of my recent article on the People’s Choice Awards, you’ll appreciate my awesome pun skill(z) by the time you’ve finished reading THIS article.
So the Golden Globes were last night. Both Keith Urban and the aforementioned Taylor Swift were up for the same award of ‘Best Original Song – Movie’. Neither won, and instead it was given to Adele for ‘Skyfall’, which I didn’t mind as it’s a good song and Adele is a fantastic performer. If it had stopped there, I wouldn’t have bothered writing this article, and that would have been that. Except, this happened:
Tina Fey (how gorgeous was her dress?!) and Amy Poehler were the night’s hosts, and after they both lost their category they proceeded to ‘get drunk’ on stage. Of course the banter is amusing and everyone’s having a good time, until, out of the blue, Tina shouts “and you know what, Taylor Swift... you stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son!”
Oh shoot. She went there.
Though you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love Tina Fey, even I have to admit it seemed a little bit random, a little forced. It didn’t link to anything (although I didn’t see the rest of the show admittedly), and although it was clearly meant to be part of the other jokes, the insinuation is hard to ignore. After Tina’s declaration, Amy cut in with “Or go for it!” with Tina disagreeing “No, she needs some ‘me time’ to learn about herself.”
So, although you could argue that the whole thing’s very sexist and a man wouldn’t come under fire for the same actions as Taylor, they’re basically calling her a whore. Aren’t they? Insinuating that she’s jumping onto the next cute famous guy she can find, jumping from guy to guy straight after a break-up. And guess what – the camera didn’t pan to Taylor Swift (now you get the title pun, don’t you?). The same thing happened at the CMAs last November (see my article on it for more info), where Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley made a light-hearted pun based on Taylor’s hit ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’. It was later revealed that the camera did not pan to Taylor as, and I quote, “they don’t pan to you when you’re not laughing.” So we can imagine the same thing has occurred here, right? There would be no other reason for them not to pan to her, as they’d be keen to show the joke had gone down well and it’s all one big party up at the Golden Globes.
So I have issues with this, if that is the case.
Again, as I said in article talking about the CMAs, Taylor Swift is getting pissy because people are making a joke about her at an awards show. So many people get joked about in these situations and they just laugh it off. Why can’t she take a joke, or the slightest bit of criticism? It’s at least polite to laugh it off even if you wish they hadn’t said it. Surely that’s common courtesy (and years of awkward family Christmases with drunk relatives tells us this)? She puts herself out there and dates very publicly – and of course part of it is publicity. Then she makes a thing of writing incessantly about ex-boyfriends and continuously calling them out (including really hurting John Mayer when she harshly condemned him in ‘Dear John’), in fact, it’s what her whole career is based on. What started off as a section from a teenage girl’s diary, something quite endearing and clever for the amount of young girls who related to it, now appears to have become a bit of a farce, a crazy novelty that has been dragged on too long. She now seems to pick up new boyfriends as quickly as she can after a break-up, making us question whether she was ever in love in the first place, or whether she hasn’t got over previous love but needs to have a new boyfriend to keep up publicity for current and future albums. It calls into question her artistic authenticity, and that’s something she needs to keep intact if she’s going to carry on appealing to the young girls that so idolize her for speaking their truths.
Either way, if you’re going to put yourself out there like that you need to be able to take criticism, you can’t rely on your adoring fans and team you hold around yourself to ward off all negativity. You can’t take yourself too seriously and you need to be able to both laugh at yourself and laugh off the comments. Even if Taylor picked up on the ‘whore’ insinuation, which I’m imagining she did, she needs to say “okay, I appreciate how I look right now jumping on hot young guys for song material, but it’s just part of my job and you wouldn’t be acting like this if a man did it”, which is a perfectly acceptable response and one which I would accept and not criticize her at all for. However, she never says anything, which means she may well not accept that her actions could be deemed ‘whore-ish’ and thinks it’s perfectly normal to act this way. Which is more worrying.
Either way, Taylor Swift needs a reality check and a crash landing back to Earth. Diva doesn’t suit her.