In a web excerpt from the latest issue of Vanity Fair, she appears to take issue with two of TV's most beloved female comics.
Is this a dis (as Salon suggests) or an out-of-context quote sparking made-up lady feuds? It's hard to know. But here's what we could trace: the origin of this so-called "incident."
It turns out that Fey already made an apology. The Golden Globes were a while back, after all, in January. “I just feel like it was just a little joke, like two of your aunts, two of your old lady aunts teasing you at the Thanksgiving table, that’s all it was,” Fey said at the SAG Awards.
Let’s examine the actual video evidence from the Golden Globes.
After Lena Dunham thanked Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for “getting her through middle school,” in her acceptance speech for best comedic actress, Fey and Poehler made light of being older than Dunham, acting like they were drinking away their sorrows.
Perhaps playing on the jealous of the successful younger woman trope, Fey said, “You know what Taylor Swift? You stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son,” mocking Swift’s many high-profile relationships and the confessional songs that result.
That’s it. That’s all she said. Well, actually, she added, “No, she needs some me time to learn about herself.” That was the extent of the Taylor Swift mock-a-thon.
Responding to the controversy today, Amy Poehler told The Hollywood Reporter, "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."
What do you think? Does Taylor Swift have a right to be this upset over these comments? For someone who has been so successful at turning her private life into a major songwriting career (and yes, we love “Trouble”) it might be a good idea not to take yourself so seriously. Also, it's hard to believe that out of all the people out there who may have made a Taylor Swift joke, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the ones that get called out for it.
Perhaps Taylor could learn something from Lena Dunham. In the video below, when Fey and Poehler give her a hard time, she just laughs it off.