Amanda Pendolino
March 06, 2013

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Respond to Taylor Swift

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Lighten up!

That’s the message Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have for Taylor Swift, who made headlines yesterday for telling Vanity Fair, “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” when asked about Tina’s and Amy’s joke about her love life at the Golden Globes.

“Aw, I feel bad if she was upset,” Amy told The Hollywood Reporter. “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. ”

Tina was a bit tougher on the 23-year-old.

“It was just a joke, and I think it was actually a very benign joke,” she told Us Weekly. If it makes you feel any better, Tay, Tina also bashed Beyonce for her posh celeb birthing suite. You’re in good company!

The actual joke: “Stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son,” Tina said, suggesting that Taylor could use “some ‘me time’ to learn about herself.” Amy added, “Go for it.”

It’s interesting that Taylor is calling out Amy and Tina for being anti-feminist because they made fun of her — but while Amy proudly calls herself a feminist and hosts the YouTube channel Smart Girls, dedicated to empowering young women, Taylor declined to identify herself as feminist when asked by The Daily Beast. (Instead, Taylor responded, “I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have.”)

Still, one could argue that Taylor is a feminist in practice, just not in name. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer doesn’t call herself a feminist, either — and as Slate argues, perhaps the loaded term is no longer useful.

Taylor makes music. Tina and Amy make jokes. Let’s move on. Taylor actually made some other interesting comments in Vanity Fair about tabloids portraying her as a boy-crazy serial dater, and how their treatment is “sexist.”

But to talk about that, we might have to bring up that dreaded F-word again.