Father John Misty Explained The Taylor Swift Sex Line In ‘Total Entertainment Forever’

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03.06.17

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Norms are crumbling, ideals are dying and the ground is ever-shifting under our feet, but one thing remains constant. If you talk about having sex with Taylor Swift in a song, people’s ears are going to perk up. So that’s how Josh Tillman’s real self found himself explaining the words of his fictional self in a new interview with Exclaim!

The line in question from the Pure Comedy cut “Total Entertainment Forever” doesn’t go as far as “Famous,” this isn’t Misty claiming to want to have sex with Swift, but rather a critique of our need to be constantly entertained and how that will lead to gross virtual reality sex with famous people.

“Bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift, After mister and the missus finish dinner and the dishes,” he sings to start the song. But if you didn’t quite get the point, Misty’s here to explain it to you in detail. Via the interview:

“Human civilizations have been entertaining themselves in disgusting ways all through human history — I mean, whether it’s lighting Christians on fire, or whatever. We have to consider that maybe there are ways in which we entertain ourselves now that are equally as disturbing. I think that that’s important — to not assume that everything about the way we live is the direct product of progress.

The fact of the matter is, I don’t want that to happen to Taylor Swift. That is the worst thing I can think of; that is so horrible. But again, this plays into progress, where like, the internet was supposed to be this new democracy, a utopia of information where everyone had a voice and we were all interconnected, and we would experience true democracy — and it turned into pornography, followed only by outrage. The tools represent some kind of technological advancement, but if we can’t act like more than angry ecstasy freaks with the most advanced technology in the world, then how much have we really progressed?

And if you don’t think that this virtual reality thing isn’t going to turn into sex with celebrities, then you’re kidding yourself. That face recognition stuff? I mean, there are people working on it right now. It’s absurd. Someone sitting with this headset on, you know? Oh God, it’s just, how many different ways do human beings need to masturbate?”

So on the album there are more than a few songs where I’m saying ‘Is this progress? Like, is this really what progress looks like?’”

Also, worth noting that Taylor Swift is one of the few celebs out there that rhymes with Oculus Rift. And nobody’s going to know what you’re talking about if you start singing about making love to Norman Lear in your Samsung Gear. So maybe there’s more to it than Misty’s seeming fascination with the pop star.

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