Camille Paglia slams Taylor Swift's #GirlSquad: "Retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine"

The critic used Swift's now-legendary parade of A-list besties to make a point about female support structures

By Brendan Gauthier
December 10, 2015 10:00PM (UTC)
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In a new essay for The Hollywood Reporter, renowned academic and cultural critic Camille Paglia carpet bombed the “girly and a bit bourgeois” #GirlSquad trend, recently made popular by celebs like T-Swift, J-Law, and Lena Dunham (L-Dun?).

Though acknowledging the potential for girl squads to combat ever-increasingly vicious paparazzi and a cannibalistic entertainment industry, Paglia takes exception with Swift’s “silly, regressive public image.”

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“Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props,” Paglia argues.

“Girl squads ought to be about mentoring, exchanging advice and experience and launching exciting and innovative joint projects,” she continues. “Women need to study the immensely productive dynamic of male bonding in history.”

Paglia suggests instead that girl squads are only a “learning stage,” and that “[f]or women to leave a lasting mark on culture, they need to cut down on the socializing and focus like a laser on their own creative gifts.” 

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Insert played-out "Bad Blood" joke here, and read the full essay over at THR.

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