Taylor Swift has warmly accepted Nikki Glaser’s sincere apology for the comments she made in an interview featured in Swift’s new Netflix documentary Miss Americana.
The doc — which hit the streaming service on Friday (Jan. 31) after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival — includes footage from numerous interviews and television segments that take aim at Swift over the course of her career. In one of those conversations, Glaser makes a barbed comment about Swift’s weight (“She’s too skinny!”) and her “model friends,” and the clip even made it into the Miss Americana trailer.
Now that the movie is out, Glaser has taken to Instagram to apologize to Swift and explain why this is such an “insanely ironic” situation, considering how much she adores Swift and her music. (“The Man,” off 2019’s Lover, is one of the inspirations behind Glaser’s current comedy routine.)
“This quote should be used as an example of ‘projection’ in PSYCH101 textbooks,” she writes alongside a photo of herself in a well-worn Swift tee. “If you’re familiar with my ‘work’ at all, you know I talk openly about battling some kind of eating disorder for the past 17 years. I was probably ‘feeling fat’ that day and was jealous. Also, I’ve had people say the same shit about me being too skinny before and know how terrible it feels to hear that when you’re struggling. And I was only bothered by her model friends because I’d like to be her friend and I’m not a model. I really have no need to post this other than to apologize to someone who seriously means SO much to me.”
She goes on to say that she hopes her apology reaches Swift, and to be Swift’s friend one day. Swift soon came calling (or commenting, technically): she graciously accepted Glaser’s apology and referred back to the heart of Miss Americana.
“One of the major themes about the doc is that we have the ability to change our opinions over time, to grow, to learn about ourselves,” she responded. “I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve struggled with some of the same things I’ve struggled with. Sending a massive hug.”
Read Glaser’s post in full — and Swift’s comment — below.
I love @taylorswift. Unfortunately, I am featured in her new documentary as part of a montage of asshats saying mean things about her, which is used to explain why she felt the need to escape from the spotlight for a year. It’s insanely ironic because anyone who knows me knows I’m obnoxiously obsessed with her and her music. I first heard myself in the trailer last week as I watched it alone in bed (as soon as it came out bc I was so excited!) and I was horrified to hear my own voice. The sound bite was from an interview I did 5 years ago and I say in SUCH a shitty tone, “she’s too skinny; it bothers me… all of her model friends, and it’s just like, cmon!” — This quote should be used as an example of “projection” in PSYCH101 textbooks. If you’re familiar with my “work” at all, you know I talk openly about battling some kind of eating disorder for the past 17 years. I was probably “feeling fat” that day and was jealous. Also, I’ve had people say the same shit about me being too skinny before and know how terrible it feels to hear that when you’re struggling. And I was only bothered by her model friends because I’d like to be her friend and I’m not a model. I really have no need to post this other than to apologize to someone who seriously means SO much to me. I only got a couple death threats from die-hard Swift fans, which as one myself, I totally get. So while I’ll consider going to “die in a hole you motherfucking asshole”, I just hope this somehow gets to her so she knows I’m sorry for any pain I caused her and that I’d love to be her friend someday (when I start modeling) and tell her how much her music has influenced my life and comedy. In fact, her song “The Man” is the inspiration for my new hour of material and I feature the song is multiple iterations during my current tour. I love you Tay, and I can’t wait to watch 99.97% of your new doc #missamericana ??–