Amy Poehler and Taylor Swift were paired together on Sunday night to present Best Animated film, ending a feud that began at the same show six years ago. While hosting the 2013 Golden Globes, Poehler and co-host Tina Fey made a joke about Swift that prompted the singer to respond. Now in 2020, it appears as though Poehler and Swift have called a truce.
At the 2013 Golden Globes, Fey said that then-23-year-old Taylor Swift should “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son” and use “some ‘me time’ to learn about herself,” with Poehler adding “Or go for it.” The joke didn’t sit well with Swift, who at the time was being slut-shamed by the media for dating high profile celebrities like Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles and Conor Kennedy.
Swift later told Vanity Fair that she was hurt by the joke, misquoting Madeleine Albright by saying “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people, because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.'”
After hearing she was upset, Fey told The Hollywood Reporter “It was a joke, and it was a lighthearted joke. And it’s a shame that she didn’t take it in the crazy-aunt spirit in which it was intended.” Fey later went on to joke about the ‘special place in hell’ when Poehler won a Golden Globe in 2014 and wrote the line into the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
As for Poehler, in a 2013 interview with THR she was more apologetic, saying “Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. 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.”
Swift and Poehler appeared to have buried the hatchet and reunited at Sunday’s Golden Globes, where they became the lighthearted presenting duo we needed on a night that was otherwise mostly devoid of great presenter pairings.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 6, 2020
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