Taylor Swift has been called a Nazi Barbie by feminist scholar Camille Paglia, who argues that squads like that of Swift and her supermodel friends are elitist and miss the real feminist message entirely.
Paglia argues that Swift needs to stop dragging her friends out on stage and making a production of which pretty girl tops her friend list each week so she can focus on things that make a difference.
Camille Paglia wrote in a recent piece for the Hollywood Reporter, “Girl squads ought to be about mentoring, exchanging advice and experience and launching exciting and innovative joint projects.” The cultural critic went on to blast Taylor Swift and her ever rotating corral of friends by saying, “Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props.”
Did Paglia hit the nail right on the Blank Space singing head? Swift is most famous lately for lining up her famous friends for group photos and photographers are eating it up. The super popular pop princess has everyone wanting to be in her girl squad so badly that it’s turned from a fun thing into a social climbing nightmare.
Last month, Australian sweetheart, Bindi Irwin even dreamed out loud about wanting to meet Taylor and be a part of the cool group by joining her squad.
It has to be hard when it doesn’t work out for some stars because they are not deemed worth enough to be a part of Taylor Swift’s squad goals. Right now Swift is touring down under and even though there’s no way she doesn’t know about Bindi’s wish, she’s not pulling the Dancing With The Stars winner up on stage to be a part of her posse.
Camille Paglia is probably right that the squad worship has gone too far and it’s leader, Taylor Swift, needs to stop parading her friends around like charms on a charm bracelet.
Rather than claiming a group of the prettiest girls as part of the squad and then taking picture after flawless picture, maybe Taylor should put her money where her mouth is and start making a real difference for real women.
Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez by FameFlynet