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    Taylor Swift an 'obnoxious Nazi Barbie', writes Camille Paglia

    Feminist writer says singer – with her ‘girl squad’ – perpetuates elitism and reminds her of ‘fascist blondes’ of her youth


    Taylor Swift, centre, on stage with some of her ‘girl squad’, from left, Hailee Steinfeld, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge and Lena Dunham. Photograph: Larry Busacca/LP5/Getty Images Hannah Ellis-Petersen
    Friday 11 December 2015 13.13 GMT Last modified on Friday 11 December 2015 22.35 GMT

    Camille Paglia has written a scathing critique of Taylor Swift, referring to the singer as an “obnoxious Nazi Barbie” whose “twinkly persona is such a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth”.
    Paglia, known for seminal feminist works such as Sexual Personae, criticised the singer for perpetuating elitism and undermining female empowerment by surrounding herself with a group of girls who were simply “performance props”.
    Swift is known as the ringleader of a sisterhood of actors, models and singers, such as Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, who Swift often refers to as her “girl squad”. Many joined the singer on stage during her tour for her latest album, 1989. Paglia, 68, condemned this as “exhibitionist overkill” by the singer.

    In an essay for the Hollywood Reporter, Camille Paglia writes that Swift promotes a ‘silly, regressive public image’. Photograph: Neville Elder/Corbis In an essay for the Hollywood Reporter, the cultural critic said the “tittering, tongues-out mugging of Swift’s bear-hugging posse” was at odds with the modern era of female independence and instead promoted a “silly, regressive public image”.

    She added: “Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props.”
    Paglia said that modern girl squads could be pivotal in overcoming the obstacles still faced by women in Hollywood, in terms of representations and the gender pay gap, but said it was essential they did not simply become a “cozy, cliquish retreat from romantic fiascoes” whose focus was solely on socialising.

    She called on women to aim higher as collectives, particularly in the face of the intense scrutiny faced by women in the public eye.
    She said: “Young women performers are now at the mercy of a swarming, intrusive paparazzi culture, intensified by the hypersexualisation of our flesh-baring fashions. The girl squad phenomenon has certainly been magnified by how isolated and exposed young women feel in negotiating the piranha shoals of the industry.”

    Paglia is the author of several books that examine the relationship between feminism and popular culture, including Sex, Art and American Culture and Vamps and Tramps.
    Swift is not the first cultural figure to be on the receiving end of Paglia’s scorn. In previous essays she said the former Daily Show presenter Jon Stewart symbolised the “decline and vacuity of contemporary comedy”, criticised Lady Gaga for being “artificial and calculated” and drew comparisons between Bill Clinton and the entertainer Bill Cosby, who is the subject of more than 50 allegations of sexual assault.


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    I'm on board since I think Swift is a twit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Klaus Barbie was the most obnoxious Nazi Barbie of all time!



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    i like camille, but think she jumped the shark >10 years ago. calling someone as innocuous as taylor a 'nazi' is pretty out there.

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    No idea who she is but she sounds like a name dropper who blurts out stupid shit for attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuth View Post
    No idea who she is but she sounds like a name dropper who blurts out stupid shit for attention.
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    i like camille, but think she jumped the shark >10 years ago. calling someone as innocuous as taylor a 'nazi' is pretty out there.
    AND This...she likes to overanalyze pop culture. She was obsessed with Madonna for a while.
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    Blonde + female friends = Nazi. WTF?
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    I had to google Paglia to see just how old she is, but not old enough to have experienced actual nazis.
    Swift and her trotting out famous women is obnoxious attention whoring, but Paglia invalidates her own argument by calling her a nazi. 'Obnoxious barbie' would have sufficed.
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    i thought sexual personae was brilliant. camille can be bombastic and sometimes right on but other times, crazee (like Bitter noted in the madonna obsession).
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    Blonde + female friends = Nazi. WTF?
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    Hypersexualisation of our flesh-baring fashions.

    Yes, that certainly describes Taylor Swift.

    Paglia seems to have a Mean Girls hang-up. She can't have read Hello magazine, ooh for a thousand years, as there she will find the strange phenomenon of celebrities inviting other celebrities to their gigs (some they barely know but luckily their agents do) and even to their weddings. Girl power!
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    Why have a pop at Taylor Smith who is actually mindful of being a "good" role model when there are so many Kardashians out there?

    Or maybe she just hates blonds?


    Did Camille even read what Taylor said?
    "Swift also spoke about her relationship with high-profile female artists and writers such as Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez and Karlie Kloss, saying the group are a “sisterhood”.

    “We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people,” Swift said. “It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.”

    She added: “When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media.


    The star had a falling out with Nicki Minaj in July after the rapper criticised MTV’s decision to not nominate her song Anaconda for more awards, with Swift assuming Minaj’s tweets about the music industry’s preference for “women with very slim bodies”, were directed at her.

    She eventually apologised and reconciled with Minaj, tweeting: “I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki.”"
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    Did Camille ever call out Leo DiCaprio for hanging around with his immature squad of actor buddies? Or is her scorn only reserved for females who don't behave in a way that she thinks is appropriate?
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    I was about to post what Angeli said Leo had his "pussy posse". Sinatra had his "rat pack". Swift can have her group of people, too.
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    Why Camille Paglia’s ‘Nazi Barbie’ Takedown Of Taylor Swift Is Spot-On

    Taylor Swift, progenitor of the celebrity #girlsquad movement, officially initiated Blake Lively into her benevolent blonde power circle this week. Swift announced their friendship in an Instagram post of the two jumping mid-air in what appears to be an amusement park.

    “Yesterday was such an amazing day off,” she wrote in the caption. “Roller coasters, kangaroos and LOLs with @blakelively.”

    The Internet rolled its eyes: Sure, Taylor Swift’s excessive earnestness and wrangling of celebrity sister-friends is charming, but is there no end to this parade of besties and #squadgoals and LOLs?

    The eye-rollers are now rushing to Swift’s defense after Camille Paglia, the mordant cultural critic, hilariously skewered the pop star’s “obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props” in a larger essay criticizing the girl squad craze. (“‘Squad’ as a pop term…once had a hard, combative street edge, but today it’s gone girly and a bit bourgeois,” Paglia wrote in The Hollywood Reporter.)

    Paglia argued that Swift and other women in the entertainment business who are “at the mercy of swarming, intrusive paparazzi culture” could benefit from feminist solidarity, though they won’t find it in “the narrow gender factionalism that thrives on grievance.” She cited a pap shot of Swift in 2013, post break-up with Harry Styles, as a “dramatic example of their vulnerability.

    She went on: “Given the professional stakes, girl squads must not slide into a cozy, cliquish retreat from romantic fiascoes or communication problems with men, whom feminist rhetoric too often rashly stereotypes as oafish pigs…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.”

    The “Nazi Barbie routine” barb aimed at Swift may seem harsh, but Paglia’s shrewd critique is entirely valid. For all of Swift’s talk about girl power, there’s very little feminist substance to the #girlsquad movement on social media.

    Rather, it’s cutesie, hashtag activism. Whether Swift develops a lasting, meaningful friendship with Lively—as she’s seemingly done with Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham, Gwyneth Paltrow, and many others—the image of sisterhood she’s projecting is more popular girl with her posse than genuine female solidarity.

    Paglia has previously criticized other pop stars’ use of props, like the “cutesy toys” in Miley Cyrus’s infamous VMA performance several years ago: “Intended to satirize her Disney past, it signaled instead the childishness of Cyrus’ notion of sexuality, which has become simply a cartoonish gimmick to disguise a lack of professional focus.”

    In retrospect, Paglia was right about Cyrus’s “lack of professional focus.” She’s grown up slightly since then, but sex continues to be the focus of her public image, along with her personal identity. She’s come out in support of feminist causes like “Free the Nipple,” but she hasn’t come out with a new album in two years.

    Paglia’s latest essay is pretty straightforward: There’s nothing wrong with girl squads, but they’re easy to make fun of. If Swift and others want to be taken seriously as feminists and artists, they might want to start by rethinking their #squadgoals.


    Why Camille Paglia’s ‘Nazi Barbie’ Takedown of Taylor Swift Is Spot-On - The Daily Beast







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