Camille Paglia, the feminist writer known for works as Sexual Personae and her scathing takedowns of popular culture figures, has written an essay for the Hollywood Reporter criticizing Taylor Swift for perpetuating elitism and undermining female empowerment. During her “1989” tour this year, the popular singer would regularly invite friends from her “girl squad” — often models or artist like Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham — to join her on stage. This seems to have drawn Paglia’s ire, describing this as “exhibitionist overkill” from the popular singer, who uses the women in the Swift sisterhood as mere “performance props”. Calling her an “obnoxious Nazi Barbie” whose “twinkly persona is such a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth,” the controversial cultural critic faults Swift for promoting a “silly, regressive public image” that is completely out of line with the modern era of female independence. While she argues that the phenomenon of girl squads could play an important role in expanding female power in Hollywood, they should be about “mentoring, exchanging advice and experience and launching exciting and innovative joint projects.” We only have one question for the 68-year old writer, who previously criticized Lady Gaga for being “artificial and calculated” and compared President Clinton to Bill Cosby: why you gotta be so mean?
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