Why you gotta be so mean? Amy Poehler and Tina Fey earned rave reviews for their hilarious stint as emcees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards in January, but there was at least one person in the audience who didn't think their schtick was so funny: country superstar Taylor Swift. The 23-year-old "I Knew You Were Trouble" singer found herself the butt of one of the duo's jokes -- Fey warned her to "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son -- and judging by her reaction in the April issue of Vanity Fair, she was not amused.
"You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people," Swift told the magazine when asked about the incident, and about "mean girls" in general. "Because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved that said, ‘There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.'" (The quote is actually attributable to Madeleine Albright, who said it during a speech to the WNBA's All-Decade Team.)
Poehler, who followed Fey's quip at the Globes with one of her own -- "Go for it!" she joked to the young star -- responded to the comments in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, March 5. "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset," the Parks and Recreation actress said of Swift's reaction. "I am a feminist and she is a young and talented girl." (In fact, Poehler, 41, started an online network called "Smart Girls at the Party," where she doles out advice to young women in short "Ask Amy" YouTube clips.)
"That being said, I do agree I am going to hell," the comedian added. "But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff."
Swift takes issue with other critics in her Vanity Fair article, as well. Asked about the perception that she is boy crazy, the star -- whose exes include Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Joe Jonas, and Taylor Lautner -- replies: "For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that's taking something that potentially should be celebrated -- a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way -- that's taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist."