Taylor and Katy — honestly, it’s time for both of you to get back in your corners. Taylor, you may have fired the first shot at Katy in your new ‘Rolling Stone’ interview, but now Katy’s come out swinging. Shake it off, ladies!
Taylor Swift & Katy Perry Fighting: Stop Acting Like School Girls
Taylor and Katy, it’s hard enough for any woman to make it to the top in the entertainment world — or in any business field. The last thing you two should be doing is throwing shade at one another.
But that’s exactly what each of you has appeared to do. Taylor, you started it. In your new cover interview in the October 2014 issue of Rolling Stone, you admitted that you were referencing another female singer in your new song “Bad Blood,” which is featured on your upcoming album, 1989.
You explained that it was inspired by someone who you used to consider a friend until, “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour.”
Taylor, you then went on to elaborate, “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’”
Now Taylor, You really aren’t following your new ‘shake it off ‘ philosophy here ! You knew that speaking out about this frenemy was sure to get attention — how could it NOT? And you also wanted to make it explicitly clear that this song was about a woman, and not about one of your exes, like so many others are.
“I know people will make it this big girl-fight thing,” you said. “But I just want people to know it’s not about a guy. You don’t want to shade someone you used to date and make it seem like you hate him, when that’s not the case. And I knew people would immediately be going in one direction.”
OK, so you didn’t want anyone to mistakenly think that you were taking another shot at Harry Styles, 20, but why did you feel compelled to take on another female songstress?
When your interview first went public, there was, unsurprisingly, a frenzy of speculation about who the offending female was. Here at HollywoodLife.com, readers voted heavily in favor of Miley Cyrus, 21, being the object of your wrath, especially since she just finished a much-publicized concert tour.
And Taylor, you pointedly told Rolling Stone that your frenemy, “basically tried to sabotage an entire tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me … so now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward and I don’t like it.”
Well, Taylor, it just got a whole lot more awkward for you. Maybe you should have stuck with shaking it off!
Taylor Swift & Katy Perry: Show Your Fans How Women Can Help — Not Hurt — Each Other
That’s because Katy Perry decided to publicly out herself as the object of “Bad Blood.” At least, she sure is acting suspiciously like your “dissee.”
Just hours after the release of your interview, she cryptically tweeted:
Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 9, 2014
Regina George is of course the name of 2004’s film, Mean Girls’ chief “mean girl,” who tried to destroy the lives of her girl enemies by talking viciously about them behind their backs.
Now ladies, I just need to ask you two to stop snarling at each other. Taylor, at 24, and Katy, at 29, you can’t blame your high school behavior on immaturity. You’re both grown women who are epicly successful, talented, beautiful and incredibly charitable. You’re both also dedicated to being inspiring role models to your millions of fans. Taylor, you have more than 69 million Facebook likes and Katy, you have more than 74 million.
That means that you both have tremendous influence over the behavior of a generation of young people — mostly women. Do you really want to be sending the message that strong, successful women should be feuding, especially publicly, over perceived slights?
After all Taylor, are you absolutely certain that another female singing star (most likely Katy Perry) was deliberately trying to ruin your tour? Maybe that other singer had no idea that her tour producers were trying to hire people you worked with. Or maybe those people had their own reasons for wanting to work with someone else.
You say in your interview that you don’t like being confrontational — “You would not believe how much I hate conflict,” you explained. But wouldn’t a direct conversation with Katy (if she is the “saboteur”) have been a whole lot more productive than turning the perceived offense into a song that will live on forever?
And Katy, if Taylor totally misread your supposed actions, why didn’t you just call her directly instead of taking to Twitter to imply that she’s a “Regina George in sheep’s clothing?” Ouch!
You two really aren’t setting a great example to the young women who look up to you. Instead, you’re giving them the green light to publicly diss other young women who they perceive as trying to hurt them.
You have to admit that perception is not always reality, and that supposed slights are not always intentional. Sometimes there are other explanations. Too often, women see each other as rivals instead of banding togther and supporting each other in a world that is not usually female-friendly.
You two have succeeded in a very tough, competitive and historically male-dominated environment. The business world that most young women enter favors men. It would be great if you two could stop feuding and instead show how women can help each other succeed.
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Should Taylor and Katy kiss and make up? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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