The Media Maven: My Take On The Swift/Poehler/Fey Debacle

By Rachael Smith, Alumna of Radford University

The joke Amy Poehler and Tina Fey told about Taylor Swift and Michael J. Fox’s son at the Golden Globes this year was not especially memorable … at first. Everyone knows Fey and Poehler are old friends from “Saturday Night Live,” and they casually make fun of people for a living, but it’s all in good fun!

However, T. Swift did not think so at all. Yes, she is young in the industry, but she didn’t just get dropped off the turnip truck. She has had her fair share of disses, including Kanye West back in 2009. No one could forget about that. Swift held her head high, wrote a sweet song, didn’t fight back and everyone practically fell at her feet with approval.

This time, two of the nation's most beloved comedians made a light-hearted joke about Swift's serial-dating style, and she brings out the claws.

For the record, this is what Fey and Poehler said at the Golden Globes: “You know what Taylor Swift? You stay away from Michael J. Fox's son!" Fey said.

"Or go for it," Poehler added.

"No!" Fey said. "She needs some 'me' time to learn about herself!"

Really? This is one of those times that celebrities need to choose their battles and let the little comments slide. Everyone would have forgotten about this by now, had Swift not made this comment 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.’”

She also says that turning something simple, like writing songs, into something it’s not is “frankly a little sexist.”

First of all, Taylor has allegedly dated a handful of celebrities including older ones like Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer who are in their 30s. There is a chance you could get hurt dating any guy, no matter the age, but come on, Taylor, these boys are 10 years your senior and in the show business. You said you knew “they were trouble when they walked in,” right?

Responding as the classy women they are, Poehler and Fey both apologized to Swift.

"Aw, I feel bad if she was upset,” Poehler told The Hollywood Reporter.  “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. "

"I did not see that one coming,” Fey told Entertainment Tonight. “It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke."

If I were Taylor, I would be 10 times more embarrassed now than I was in the first place. Obviously, Fey and Poehler did not want to hurt her feelings; they threw insults at other actors, too!

And in the process of calling the duo out, Swift mixed up the “special place in hell” quote, saying Katie Couric's version was the original. However, the quote is believed to have originated from the nation’s first female Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. Now, be even more embarrassed!

The moral here? Know when to laugh along with your peers. If you take everything too seriously, no one will want to be around you.

Have a good time, laugh along, but know when to take up for yourself. Do not get walked all over!

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