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Taylor Swift Shows the World How Not to Take a Joke

Note to Taylor Swift: if you’re looking to improve/maintain your reputation or get more sympathy from the public regarding your perpetual boy troubles, engaging in bitchy spats is probably not the best way to go about it.

Responding to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s (completely appropriate) Golden Globes joke warning her to “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son” lest he turn up in thinly-veiled caricature on her next album, Swift dropped this bomb on her Vanity Fair interviewer:

“You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people, 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.’”

Yes, those two are such Regina Georges, aren’t they? Oh, and that quote was from former secretary of state Madeline Albright, who doles out wisdom in between her free jazz drumming sessions.

Poehler and Fey’s responses displayed their superior media relations savvy.

Poehler told 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. ”

Fey then told US Weekly:

“It was just a joke, and I think it was actually a very benign joke.”

Well, at least someone in this story has a sense of humor–glad Seth MacFarlane didn’t see fit to say something stupid about Taylor Swift at the Oscars. Will this little incident hurt Taylor’s reputation? Probably not. But she might want to watch this Mila Kunis clip, think about what the phrase “sympathetic interview” means, and refrain from messing with Tina Fey.

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