By Tom Z
12:29 PM EST, March 6, 2013
As a straight man in my 30s, I fall into zero of the demographics that the Golden Globes is aimed for, so I obviously didn’t watch the show, but apparently hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a joke about Taylor Swift staying away from Michael J. Fox’s son. I’ll go out on a limb and guess that it had something to do with Taylor Swift dating him for 3 weeks, breaking up with him, and writing a snippy song about it. Whatever the case, Swift did not take it well. From the Huffington Post:
“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people,” Taylor Swift told Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales. “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.’”
As expected, Fey and Poehler had great reactions.
Poehler: "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.”
Fey: "If anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron. I did not see that one coming. It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke."
I know girls who get along with everyone, and I know girls who seem to have feuds with everyone. (Every guy I know has a 95% approval rating.) The girls who have a feud with almost everyone, they always have an elaborate backstory for each and every feud. If you barely knew them, and you found out about one of their feuds, they'd explain it away and you'd end up taking their side. Then you'd learn about another feud, and again they'd have a great excuse, and again you'd take their side. But by the time you learn about the third feud, you begin to realize we're dealing with a pattern here. And that's Taylor Swift in a nutshell. When she was angry at her high school boyfriend and Kanye, everyone was like, "yeah Tay-Tay, you show 'em girl!" But now she's got feuds with John Mayer, British boy bands, awards show hosts and the cashier at Whole Foods. She's 6 months away from starting a feud with the green thing from Yo Gabba Gabba. Is everyone Taylor Swift has ever interacted with horrible, or is it just her? My advice for everyone, if you're currently involved in more than two feuds, take a long look in the mirror and make some life changes. Because the problem is definitely you. You can find more tips like this in my new book, "How to Win Friends and Not Be a Total Bitch," available on Amazon and in bookstore everywhere.
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