Celebrated feminist and cultural critic Camile Paglia has some scathing words for Taylor Swift in her latest essay for the Hollywood Reporter, describing the singer as an ‘elitist Nazi Barbie.’
In the piece, penned the magazine’s Women in Entertainment issue, Paglia takes on ‘girl squads,’ the ‘hashtag summer craze’ that sees female friendship groups clustering arund celebrities such as Taylor Swift, documenting themselves on social media with what she describes as ‘exhibitionistic overkill.’
“In our wide-open modern era of independent careers,” Paglia writes, “girl squads can help women advance if they avoid presenting a silly, regressive public image — as in the tittering, tongues-out mugging of Swift’s bear-hugging posse. Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props.”
“Girl squads ought to be about mentoring, exchanging advice and experience and launching exciting and innovative joint projects. Women need to study the immensely productive dynamic of male bonding in history. With their results-oriented teamwork, men largely have escaped the sexual jealousy, emotionalism and spiteful turf wars that sometimes dog women.”
In a footnote to her piece, Paglia says: “Writing about Taylor Swift is a horrific ordeal for me because her twinkly persona is such a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth.”
Girls, young ladies, women, need to have more respect for themselves than to fawn and coo over mere entertainers. Just as boys, young men, and men need to have more respect for themselves than to fawn and coo over mere jocks. You’re better than to aim so low in life.