Swift publicly called out Netflix’s new show Ginny & Georgia for its ‘deeply sexist’ joke regarding her personal life. It is not the first time a female musician has been vilified within mainstream media.
If you’ve perused Netflix over the last few weeks, you’ve no doubt seen advertisements for Ginny & Georgia, a new drama-comedy that follows a young mum and her teenage daughter as they settle down in New England.
The show was called out by Taylor Swift two days ago for a ‘lazy, sexist’ joke that pokes fun at her personal life, specifically the men she’s previously had relationships with.
Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you 💔 Happy Women’s History Month I guess pic.twitter.com/2X0jEOXIWp
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 1, 2021
Twitter backlash was immediate. #RESPECTTAYLORSWIFT began trending on Monday evening and Taylor was quick to criticise Netflix for approving the joke after partnering with her last year for her documentary, Miss Americana. Neither the show nor the streaming service have responded.
What has Taylor’s experience in the industry been thus far?
Interestingly, several YouTube commentators and Swift fans have described this situation as ‘overblown’ and ‘dramatic’. They argue that a simple joke about dating does not necessarily translate as ‘slut shaming’ and isn’t inherently sexist, and it’s understandable why some take this stance.
The larger problem here is less about a single joke, however, and rather the cultural issue it highlights.