This Crusty Old "Cultural Critic" Calling Taylor Swift A "Nazi Barbie" Probably Wasn't A Very Popular Child
DailyMail- Cultural critic Camille Paglia wrote an essay in which she describes Taylor Swift as being a 'Nazi Barbie' whose model girl squad is nothing more than a performance prop.
The opinion piece published in the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday says that the girl squad mentality doesn't empower women and instead promotes elitism.
'In our wide-open modern era of independent careers, 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,' wrote Paglia.
'Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props,' she added.
'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,' she wrote.
Paglia said that instead of focusing on 'socializing' women need to focus 'like a laser' on their own creative gifts.
'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,' she says.
Wait a minute, is this old board implying that young attractive women gravitate towards other young attractive women? Tell me more Confucius, tell me more! They also play nice in public and subtly tear each other down behind closed doors, you say? What a concept! Who would have ever thought that women were spiteful creatures that couldn't stand to see one another succeed? Well, now that we cleared that up I suppose the only thing to do is find a scapegoat to blame this on. Who better than that "nazi Barbie" Taylor Swift? Sure, she wasn't responsible for the ethnic cleansing of an entire demographic of people, but she's certainly promoted elitism by acting in a way that every single woman since the beginning of time has acted at some point in their lives. I suppose that's enough for me to lump her in the same category as Hitler. Can't see any possible disconnect in that logic.
Let me let everyone, and specifically this "cultural critic" (like that's a real title), in on a little secret. There's no such thing as a woman that empowers all other women. In fact, the closest thing the world has to a group of women that truly support each other is feminists, and their whole movement is based on bitching and complaining about the women that choose not to live like them. For instance, isn't this psycho doing her own part in tearing down the fairer sex by comparing a successful female singer to a homicidal dictator? Camille (perfect name for this lunatic BTW) wants women to take notes from men, but I am pretty sure there's no men out there comparing Justin Beiber to Osama Bin Laden. I would argue that even men don't empower one another. We just don't give enough of a fuck to go about bashing each other either. Maybe, just maybe, the problem is this broad is looking for some underlying rhyme or reason to the actions of a ditzy pop star.
I'm not here to tell you there isn't anything about elitist about Taylor Swift and her celebrity entourage. However, much to the chagrin of this old hag, when you're in your 20's 'elitist' is pretty much synonymous with 'popular'. This isn't anything new. It goes back to the middle schools days when all the hot girls hung out together and had some insufferable name for themselves like 'The Sexy 6'. That was only considered fascist to the ugly girl sitting in the corner in her overalls. Is that why you are so upset with Taylor Swift, Camille? Because she's the type of girl that completely ignored the existence of you and your straw hair when you were younger? Starting to seem like that's the case you old prune, because while Taylor Swift might be annoying, superficial, and fake, she's no different than any of those, famous or not, that have come before her. She's not promoting some tyrannical culture, she's just being a hot 26 year old superstar, and her place in society requires her to do nothing more.