Aretha Franklin’s body has been lying in a gold casket in Detroit so mourners can pay their respect before her funeral on Friday. In a very interesting coincidence, the subject of one of Aretha’s more legendary moments of shade also happened to be in Detroit at the same time. Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour was in Detroit and she took a moment to pay tribute to the city’s Queen.
Taylor stopped the show – which happened on the first day of Aretha’s two-day public viewing – and said this about her:
“Last week we lost an irreplaceable force. Aretha Franklin did so much for music, she did so much for women’s rights, she did so much for civil rights. She was one of those people where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement. Words could never, ever describe how many things she did in her lifetime that made our world a better place. And this is her home.”
That much niceness from Taylor may surprise some people, considering the best compliment Aretha could muster for Taylor four years ago was “Okay. Great gowns, beautiful gowns.” But I can’t see Taylor ever holding that against Aretha, especially when there are just so many real haters to focus on.
Taylor ended her tribute by asking the crew to cut the lights on stage so that everyone could take a moment and reflect on Aretha’s life. After almost a full minute, Taylor broke the silence by saying: “We love you, Aretha.” Madonna will no doubt be so confused after watching this video. “How is that any way to talk about Aretha? She never said ‘I’ or ‘me’ once!”
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) August 29, 2018
Karlie Kloss must really want some big name invites to her upcoming marriage to Joshua Kushner, because she’s hanging out with her once bestie, Taylor Swift, again. Someone call Jennifer Lawrence and let her know! She’ll finally be able to focus her energies on her feud with Lala Kent.
For the past week, Nicki Minaj has been been publicly feuding with Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner. That strategy hasn’t exactly been paying off for Nicki, as it was recently announced that the North American leg of her NickiHndrxx Tour got canceled, possibly due to low ticket sales. But that’s not to say that publicly dragging a Kardashian husband isn’t a lucky dice roll for everyone who tries it. Last fall, Taylor Swift repeatedly took aim at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on her album Reputation. Taylor then took Reputation on tour in May, and almost four months in, Billboard is reporting that it’s now the highest-grossing US tour by a woman.
“Memoryyyyy…I still get chills when I think…of how awkward it was when….a man in a spandex cat suit slunk up to me in the audience of Caaaaaats.” Can you tell I’m still traumatized by the time fate dealt me the hand of hell by having me sit in an aisle seat for my first viewing of Cats? I am not an audience participation type, and so yeah – an aisle seat for Cats wasn’t a great experience. But I’m still a fan of Cats. So even though I cringed a little at “Taylor Swift,” I’m still into this news. Mostly because a film adaptation means there’s zero chance she’ll leap off the screen and do weird cat pantomimes around me while I try to hide behind my popcorn bag.
Taylor Swift is on the cover of the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar giving you some second-tier Austin Powers spy sidekick (code name: Awholelotta Bland). But that’s sort of intentional; Taylor’s interview inside the magazine was conducted between herself and 1960’s British model and music girlfriend icon Pattie Boyd.
For the good folks of Rhode Island, you can always tell it’s the Fourth of July by illegal fireworks, the crunch of Narragansett beer cans against doofy bros’ foreheads, and the steady stream of models pouting their way up the hill to Taylor Swift’s waterfront mansion for her annual Taymerica party. But for the SECOND year in a row, Taylor has shat on the soul of America by ditching the annual Squad Fourth of July Spectacular. Instead, she just flopped around on a beach in the Caribbean with that British boy she’s been dating. Continue reading