Haters gonna hate, Taylor Swift‘s just gonna shake own her role model status.
Swift appeared on Canadian talk show Tout Le Monde En Parle this week, and after discussing “Shake It Off” for a bit, the hosts asked her for a response to Emma Watson’s viral U.N. speech.
“I wish when I was 12 years old, I’d been able to watch a video of my favorite actress explaining in such an intellectual, beautiful, poignant way the definition of feminism,” Swift said about the power of Watson’s speech.
“I would have understood it and earlier on in my life would have proudly claimed that I was a feminist, because I would have understood what the word means. So many girls out there say, ‘I’m not a feminist,’ because they think it means something angry, or disgruntled, or complaining, or they picture rioting and picketing. It is not that at all. It simply means you believe women and men should have equal rights and opportunities.” (Hooray! That Lena Dunham friendship is really paying off.)
She also took that definition further, highlighting some of the problems she sees with how she and her contemporaries are represented in the media. “Females are kind of pinned up against each other,” Swift explained. “For example, you’ll never see online ‘Vote for who has the better butt: this actor or this actor.’ It’s always this female singer or this female singer. It’s every day [for me]…. In order for us to have gender equality, we have to stop making it a girl fight, and we have to stop being so interested in seeing girls try and tear each other down. It has to be more about cheering each other on as women.”
This is a great answer, and obviously she’s hitting on a real problem. (However, in light of that, maybe she should reconsider statements like that much-reported Katy Perry dig.)
Surprise! Not two minutes after her succinct explanation, Swift was able to prove her point when the host asked for her thoughts about the way Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears dress. (Seriously? Do better.)
Swift, after a quick “Are you kidding me?” expression, expertly side swept the question: “I cheer on anybody who is living their life on their own terms, wearing what they want to wear and representing what they want to represent,” she said, highlighting owning your sexuality, your strength, and anything else your clothes may make you feel. “I think that no other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes, and I’m not going to tell any other female artist to wear more clothes.”