Does Taylor Swift deserve criticism for her girl squad?
The pre-existing bad blood between Taylor Swift & Tina Fey will probably continue for a while now.
SNL finished off their current season by serving up their classic imitations of current figures dominating pop culture. After reviving their Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton personas just in time for the recent political debates, the comedians took on the world’s biggest pop star of the past two years, Taylor Swift.
Specifically, they went after her girl squad, the group of famous women she’s often seen baking cookies with on Instagram or shooting elaborate music videos with. After being torn to shreds by the media during 2011-2013 for continually singing break-up songs about men, Swift instead shifted her focus to deconstructing that image and publicising her female friendships, even making a single out of Bad Blood – a song depicting the fallout of a fight she had with another woman, instead of a man.
It appears that still isn’t good enough for some, as a recent wave of unsubtle criticism towards “girl squads” has surfaced, with this ‘Dope Squad’ parody encompassing everything people currently pick apart about Swift’s image:
Fey’s beef with Swift dates back to 2013, when Fey and Poehler joined the bandwagon and joked about her being a serial dater. Taylor responded in a subsequent magazine interview, quoting US news anchor Katie Couric “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” An inflammatory comment no doubt but so is making a mockery of someone’s love life, right?
To be fair, the SNL parody does well to credit the hard work everyday businesswomen do, highlighting the various careers women hold and how “it takes a village” just to make life work. But the last line of the spoof “I’m suing everyone here” makes it clear Fey and Poehler are definitely not Swifties.