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Taylor Swift has gone too far this time! Among the outrageous things she said in her new Vanity Fair interview (like claiming she's only dated two people in the past three years), Swift managed to accuse Amy Poehler and Tina Fey of being totally sexist.
Yes, that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
"Katie Couric is one of my favorite people," Swift told Vanity Fair, when asked about Tina and Amy's Taylor-Swift joke at the Golden Globes. "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.'"
Whoa. Okay, backing up a moment, here's the joke that got Swift all riled up. During a sketch in which the hosts were pretending to be drunk, Fey blurted out, "Taylor Swift, you stay away from Michael J. Fox's son!"
"Or go for it," fake-drunk Poehler added.
"No," slurred Fey, "She needs some me-time to learn about her herself." (Watch below.)
Obviously, the joke is a reference to Swift's recent relationships with younger men (Conor Kennedy and Harry Styles, respectively), and her tendency to throw ex-boyfriends under the bus in her songs. It's part of a larger gag, which is that Fey and Poehler are saying inappropriate things because they're drunk.
So, yes, it was deliberately a little bit harsh. But sexist? We don't think so. And neither do Fey and Poehler, who both responded to Swift's comment on Tuesday night.
"Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist and she is a young and talented girl," Poehler told The Hollywood Reporter. "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff."
As for Fey, she was pretty much baffled, telling Entertainment Tonight, "I did not see that one coming. It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke."
"If anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron," added the 30 Rock star. (The Avatar director was the butt of the evening's one really mean joke.)
We don't blame Tina and Amy for being confused. The irony of Swift calling them sexist should be apparent to anybody who has ever watched TV; not only have Fey and Poehler broken ground for ladies in comedy, produced successful female-centric network shows (Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, respectively), and launched the careers of many other talented women, but they're two of the most outspoken feminists in Hollywood. We respectfully submit Poehler's girl-empowering web series Smart Girls at the Party and Fey's memoir Bossypants as evidence.
It's flat-out unfair for Swift to play the "sexist" card in response to an innocent joke. The Golden Globes hosts didn't call Taylor any derogatory words, make comments about her appearance, or imply anything truly bad about her. They were playing on Swift's image as someone who dates a lot of guys, then turns around and writes revenge songs about them. That's an image that Taylor herself created, whether she acknowledges it or not, and she can't go around condemning people to hell for calling her out on it.