It’s not new news that Taylor Swift has attracted controversy from the beginning of time. The famous American singer-songwriter has always had one controversy or another attached to her love life. This time, her love life was brought into the center of yet another controversy after the Netflix Original series Ginny & Georgia released.
The show was released on February 24 on Netflix and has gained immense popularity since its release. The show sees a teenage Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) and her mother, Georgia ( Brianne Howey), who are on the run and yearn to move to the picturesque England town of their dreams. LGBTQ+ communities commended the show for the sex-positive scenes in the show, yet the show saw some backlash after Taylor Swift’s tweet calling out one of the show’s jokes.
In the final episode of the hit show, Ginny and Brianne Georgia were seen fighting over Georgia’s love life-ending, at which Ginny snaps, “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”
Taylor Swift’s fans, or Swifties as they are called, quickly condemned the show. On March 1, Taylor Swift posted on Twitter, calling out the show and Netflix for its ‘deeply sexist’ and ‘lazy’ joke. She vocalized her concerns about how hard-working women were being degraded, and it was being passed as funny. She ended the tweet by ironically wishing for a “Happy Women’s History Month, I guess,” referring to the numerous sexism accusations at the start of March, which is celebrated as Women’s History Month.
Needless to say, her loyal fans were furious over the remarks on the Netflix show. They not only showed support through trends but also petitions. One such petition started by a fan on change.org strived to get these comments removed from the show and gathered around 6,700 signatures when published.
Netflix itself and the major cast members from the series are yet to respond to the viral frenzy. On the other hand, Antoria Gentry, who plays Ginny in the show and was the character to have made the controversial joke took to Instagram and shared that her character was flawed and easily makes a lot of mistakes.“I never would have imagined something like this as a young girl — that is, having a voice capable of impact. It is so meaningful to see the hundreds of messages from fans in my inbox who feel seen, heard, and understood because of the show and its characters,” she wrote on her Instagram account on March 5th.
But the issue isn’t just about Ginny & Georgia and hasn’t only happened once. Degrassi: Next Class, also a drama series on Netflix, was also accused of sexist comments when one of the characters said, “Taylor Swift made an entire career off of her exes.” This had angered Taylor Swift’s fans worldwide, as they trended the hashtag #RESPECT TAYLOR SWIFT on Twitter and other popular social media platforms. “These misogynist comments are unacceptable in 2021. Taylor has talked about it throughout her career, and people still have the audacity to make fun of that. #RESPECT TAYLOR SWIFT,” a fan tweeted.
Taylor Swift has witnessed her love life being made a joke and everyday news for years. When she sat down to do an interview with Australian Radio Station, 2DayFM, she said, “You’re going to have people who are going to say, ‘Oh, you know, like, she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends. And I think frankly, that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life, and no one raises the red flag there.”
Hence, the problem is not in the fact that she is singing about her turbulent love life but because she’s a woman singing about her tumultuous love life. That’s what doesn’t sit right with misogynists and people who have internalized casual sexism.
The idea that the media perpetuates is simple- it’s overinflating the new stories and tabloid reports and paparazzi shots of women to hyper-sexualize them to garner more views and then make sexist jokes about the same women for being overly-sexual.
The idea is that women cannot be in charge of their sexuality and love life and that others are always allowed to pass judgments because it’s a woman that’s been talked about. Honestly? Taylor deserves respect, and the media needs to leave her alone!