Taylor Swift Is A 'Nazi Barbie,' Says Feminist Scholar Camille Paglia

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Feminist scholar and culture pundit Camille Paglia has no love for Taylor Swift, calling her a Nazi Barbie and in essence a scourge on society.


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Paglia is well known for her take-no-prisoners approach to dismantling cultural myths and obsessions, and she has sunk her teeth into poor Taylor with characteristic ferocity.

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Focusing on the phenomenon of Girl Squads, Paglia notes that these affiliations have the capacity for strengthening women's positions both personally and professionally.

But not the way Taylor Swift does it. Not at all.

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In fact, Paglia says in a new essay for The Hollywood Reporter:

In our wide-open modern era of independent careers, girl squads can help women advance if they avoid presenting a silly, regressive public image — as in the tittering, tongues-out mugging of Swift's bear-hugging posse.

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Uh-huh, okay. But is Taylor really that bad?

Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props, an exhibitionistic overkill that Lara Marie Schoenhals brilliantly parodied in her scathing viral video "Please Welcome to the Stage."

Oh my. That viral video spoof was hilarious. It captured so perfectly the inane practice of inviting utterly random celebs up on stage as if to anoint them Swifties, or as Paglia sees it, Nazis.

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It has been noted many times that the Taylor Swift stage routine is creepy and self-aggrandizing, but is Nazi Barbie going too far?

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Could Paglia be responding to the conformity of Taylor's special BFF's, all thin and fair-skinned? Or Swift personally, a self-created pseudo-supermodel shaped from the clay of that gangly Amish-looking country singer?

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Taylor Swift is an easy target, obviously, but Camille Paglia takes her pop culture seriously. Years ago, she vowed her love for Madonna, a love she expressed at length in writing and on countless talk shows.

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It's hard to argue that Taylor Swift is no Madonna. The Nazi Barbie may be a little too vivid for some but I think we know what Paglia's getting at. Here is how she sees Girl Squads in their ideal state:

Girl squads ought to be about mentoring, exchanging advice and experience and launching exciting and innovative joint projects. Women need to study the immensely productive dynamic of male bonding in history. With their results-oriented teamwork, men largely have escaped the sexual jealousy, emotionalism and spiteful turf wars that sometimes dog women.

Yes!. Right on, sister.

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Now Camille should probably take a rest from Taylor, given Swift's effect on her sensitive psyche. She admitted to THR, following the ordeal of analyzing Ms Swift:

Writing about Taylor Swift is a horrific ordeal for me because her twinkly persona is such a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth.

Where do you stand, Popdust readers? Does Paglia speak the truth, or is Taylor Swift nothing but a barrel of fun and cookie-baking?


* Fan photo with Taylor Swift ca. 2009

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