For a girl that has focused mostly on making music, making a fortune and dating a few guys – Taylor Swift sure knows how to draw out the claws of media. Tuesday’s published interview of Taylor Swift prompted a bit of media contempt. Headlines portray Taylor Swift as a humorless diva, ready to cast her perceived enemies into the biblical lake of fire. Tuesday headlines should come with a warning to readers; gossipy venom and celebrity news spin ahead.
Taylor Swift pretty much minds her own business and usually seems fairly positive about life in general. Swift’s one weakness seems to be that she does not know how to pick a guy or be the “other half” of a couple. For that, Swift was ridiculed publicly onstage by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Gawker has totally ridiculed Swift and has practically burned her at the stake for reacting to Fey and Pohler’s roasting. The headline doesn’t really clue readers into the venom released:
"Taylor Swift Told Vanity Fair that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Will Burn in Hell"
Fox News headline, "Taylor Swift bashes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Golden Globe jokes, suggests they are going to hell" is very descriptive and suggests that Swift is humorless.
The Huffington Post headline, "Taylor Swift Tells Vanity Fair She's Not A 'Clingy, Insane, Desperate Girlfriend" focuses on the gossip mills charactirization of Taylor Swift after her frequent breakups.
Of course Swift has given plenty of opportunity for Gawker to chastise her for being evasive about buying homes. Gawker called Swift "an agent of Satan," and implied that she killed rabbits for fun. The portrait painted of Ms. Swift was not pretty.
But the main point of media reports is that Taylor Swift told Vanity Fair that some women are going to burn in hell. Swift was targeting Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as she commented to Vanity Fair:
“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.”
Taylor Swift seems to be a sweet young girl that helps people and a young girl that has just put her foot in her mouth publicly. We think Swift's reaction in character to writing break up songs about specific boys she has dated. Swift had an understandable reaction to being dissed on stage, but perhaps it was not the smartest thing to say out loud during an interview.
People on the top are always big targets, so Swift should look at being roasted an honor. Sometimes it just pays to be the first one to laugh – if someone is going to laugh at you, learn to lead the way.