That loud noise you heard yesterday afternoon was the entire Internet coming to a screeching halt upon finding out that Taylor Swift had some less-than-kind things to say about Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Specifically, in case you live under a rock or have a healthy, active social life, she said this:
“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people,” Taylor Swift tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales on the subject of mean girls in general and in response to an incident at the Golden Globes, where Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked her scrutinized love life. “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.’” [Vanity Fair]
A lot of people had a lot of things to say about this statement, but it should come as no surprise that the two most reasonable, level-headed reactions came from Poehler and Fey themselves.
First, Amy Poehler responded to 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.”
… and later Fey said this to Entertainment Tonight:
“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.”
Of the two responses, Tina Fey’s does a better job of putting this all in the proper perspective. The joke itself was pretty tame, even for an award show monologue, and Swift’s reaction probably had more to do with her being a young star who isn’t accustomed to jokes at her expense than it did with the joke being anywhere near below the belt. Hopefully Taylor learned an important lesson here about picking her battles, because she showed up to this fight with a plastic soup spoon as a weapon.
But the real story here, as always, is that Amy Poehler is the best.