During the presidential election, nearly every pop trick in the land risked losing a piece of their fanbase by opening their mouth to either speak against Donald Trump or support Hillary Clinton, or both. Katy Perry did. Lady Gaga did. Madonna did. Beyonce did. Adele, who’s not even American, did. And so did the Queen of Pop Paula Abdul. But Taylor Swift never did and it DIVIDED A NATION! Many think pieces were written about how Tay Tay needed to say something, especially since she’s made feminism part of her “brand.” Others felt like it’s not her duty to talk about political shit. Lena Dunham, who talked a lot during the election and afterward, is on the side that is defending Taylor, Plain and Tall.
Lena’s man, Jack Antonoff, who worked on Taylor’s album 1989, tweeted this during the election:
fuck celebrities who are not speaking up about trump, racism, reproductive rights and the other issues that are ruining lives
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) October 7, 2016
But since Lena is not about to lose out on an invitation to Taylor’s next slumber party, she disagrees with Jack. Rolling Stone asked Lena about the shit that Taylor got for keeping her lips shut about politics. Lena explained that when you’re a really famous person, as she and Taylor are, you get death threats when you talk about politics.
I just think everyone has to do it their way. When I was lesser known, I was like, “Who could not share their opinion?” Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they’re coming to your house. You have to fucking watch it because people are nuts.
Lena then must’ve remembered that a section in her squad contract states: “Don’t just kiss Taylor Swift’s ass when talking to the media about her, munch it until your jaw breaks.” Because Lena stuck her tongue so far up Tay Tay’s ass that she could tickle Tay Tay’s vocal cords with it.
She’s been in the public eye since she was 15. I felt young when my career started and I was 23, 24. When I met her, she was newly 22, and she was a fucking seasoned pro at this stuff. Watching the way that she understands the vicissitudes of the cycle, and she just keeps making her work, – that’s just really impressive to me. That’s how I hope to live my life, which is not as a slave to public opinion, but just as somebody who continues to make things. She’s truly just an artist who has to make things to survive. I guess that’s what we have most in common. And she’s never not making music. If people know about it or they don’t, she’s never not making music, and that’s like, something that I’ve really watched with a lot of admiration. Because she’s been put through the wringer, and she’s continued to make her work. People who understand how to protect themselves but aren’t so beaten down that they can’t be creative – that to me is the greatest.
I rolled my eyes through most of that, but after reading the end, I wish I could un-roll them. Lena has a point. Taylor is truly an artist who needs to make art to survive. I mean, if Taylor doesn’t make another song like Shake It Off, which really is the Guernica of music, her bank accounts may suffer and then she may have to go from flying private to flying commercial. And honestly, flying commercial is worse than being buried alive. So Lena is right. Art is Tay Tay’s oxygen!
And it’s a good thing for Taylor that Lena is a devoted member of her Easy Bake Oven Brigade. Because if Lena wasn’t, she’d definitely write an 8,000 word piece about how fauxminist Taylor Swift is a traitor to all women. You pick your squad members well, Tay Tay!
Here’s Lena looking like an 8-year-old bag lady with Jack at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party over the weekend.