Taylor Swift Is Totally Cool If Her #Squad Dates The Same Dudes, Because That’s Sisterhood!!
Taylor Swift covers the September issue of Vanity Fair, giving you “teenaged feline leader of a clique of mean girls,” and the little interview tidbits revealed to the public thus far are juicy enough to activate her haters and her fans.
On her very public “feud” with Kanye West and how her friendship (????) with Jay-Z (?!?!?) helped her reach a place of understanding after she got Kanye’ed at the VMAs a few years ago, Taylor tells the mag:
“I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time,” Swift says. “I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. … And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”
Swift also had some very important words to say to all the women out there looking to build their very own version of Taylor Swift’s MultiCultiGirlSquad™. First rule of TSMCGS? Don’t be fussed when your friends date the same dudes as you, because, the first rule of TSMCGS is sisters over misters, and don’t you fucking forget it:
“We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people. It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.”
It’s a nice sentiment, to be sure: your friends are hopefully going to stick around longer than any asshole you date, but something about her message falls flat. Maybe it’s the fact that she doesn’t actually seem that friendly. There’s a cool girl aura about Swift, a sense that she perpetuates a “you can’t sit with us” mentality through the careful curation of her handpicked squadron. It’s not that Taylor should have to be friends with every single human being on earth — she’s a monstrously famous person who is very busy — but the import she places on flaunting the friendships she does have gives me pause. There’s a mean girl lurking under that smile. Don’t get it twisted.
The issue will hit newsstands August 11th.