Taylor Swift condemns ‘lazy’ joke in Netflix’s Ginny and Georgia: ‘2010 wants its deeply sexist joke back’

Artist calls out streaming service after line of dialogue in its new show made a sexist gag about her dating history

Roisin O'Connor
Monday 01 March 2021 15:28 GMT
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Taylor Swift has issued a withering condemnation of Netflix’s new series, Ginny and Georgia, after it emerged that an episode included a sexist joke about her.

In the final episode of the first series, teenager Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) and her mother Georgia (Brianne Howey) are arguing about her relationships.

During the row, Georgia assumes Ginny has broken up with her boyfriend, Hunter, to which Ginny retorts: “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”

Swift’s fans reacted with fury upon learning about the line, and managed to get “Respect Taylor Swift” trending on Twitter as they called out the show’s writers.

Swift has since tweeted: “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 s*** as FuNnY. Also, @netflix, after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you... Happy Women’s History Month I guess.”

Netflix released Swift’s critically acclaimed documentary, Miss Americana, last year. The film includes several moments where Swift discusses the sexism and press scrutiny she has been forced to endure throughout her career.

Swift has addressed how the media discusses her relationships and her art on a number of occasions in the past.

Speaking to Maxim in 2015, she pointed out that a man writing about his feelings might be deemed “brave”, while a woman doing the same was “oversharing”.

In an interview with Australian radio station 2DayFM the previous year, she hit back at the claim that she only writes songs about her ex-partners.

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“No-one says that about Ed Sheeran. No-one says that about Bruno Mars,” she said. “Frankly, that is a very sexist angle to take.”

She added: “I have a really strict personal policy that I never name names. So anybody saying that a song is about a specific person is purely speculating.”

Swift released two albums – Folklore and its sister record Evermore – last year.

Folklore is nominated for several Grammys at this year’s ceremony, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Cardigan”).

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