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Taylor Swift fans rage over ‘disgusting and misogynistic’ joke in Netflix’s Ginny and Georgia

Emma Powys Maurice March 1, 2021
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Taylor Swift performs onstage at The 58th Grammy Awards in 2016 (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

Taylor Swift fans are rallying to defend the star after she was made the butt of “slut-shaming” jokes on the new Netflix show Ginny and Georgia.

The final episode of the romantic comedy series sees teenager Ginny Miller [Antonia Gentry] and her mother Georgia [Brianne Howey] arguing about relationships.

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

The singer was also slammed in another Netflix show, Degrassi: Next Class, which includes the line: “Taylor Swift made an entire career off of her exes.”

Furious fans accused the streaming giant of resorting to a tired trope about Swift, highlighting the sexist double standards applied to female celebrities.

“Can’t believe things like this are still happening in 2021, it’s absolutely disgusting and misogynistic,” read one widely shared tweet as the hashtag #RespectTaylorSwift began trending worldwide.

Swift, who has been in a relationship with actor Joe Alwyn since 2017, has addressed how the media discusses her relationships and her art on several 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.

“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.”

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